LOS ANGELES: Fans of pop star Britney Spears assembled outside City Hall in West Hollywood, California, on Monday demanding to release her from a psychiatric facility. The protest was live-streamed on YouTube, with attendees shouting, "Hey, ho, Larry Rudolph has got to go," claiming it was her longtime manager's decision to put the star in the facility.
The protesters were also seen holding signs that read "Free Britney" and "Truth Will Set Her Free".
Britney Spears’ fans have gathered outside West Hollywood City Hall demanding #FreeBritney. The #FreeBritney hashtag has been trending on social media after allegations were made on the “Britney’s Gram” podcast that the singer is being held against her will. @etnow pic.twitter.com/SfWLETZWLw— Brendon Geoffrion (@tv_brendon) April 22, 2019
According to Billboard, Spears checked herself into a 30-day program in March in the midst of her father Jamie Spears' ongoing health issues.
Her team is PATHETIC. They really had the audacity to stage emergency photo candids just to shut us up...as if we’re just going to ignore the fact that she looks overly medicated and depressed.— #HelpBritney (@BrltneySWorid) April 22, 2019
The phone detail I can’t. #HelpBritney pic.twitter.com/TCRoKR30in
On Easter Sunday, she was granted a one-day leave to celebrate with her family, reported People magazine. A photo of her leaving the facility with boyfriend Sam Asghari has triggered concerns that she is being held against her will on the orders of her manager, with Twitterati claiming that her team is putting out false updates of the singer's condition. They claim that she is 'depressed' and looks like she's 'being overly medicated'.
She looks like she’s been through hell, not “resting” in some luxury treatment center like her team suggested. And this is suspect they had the paps photograph her the same day there was supposed to be a Free Britney protest in LA pic.twitter.com/NaGL5b3Vub— la bella vita (@drugproblem) April 22, 2019
Spears, 37, opened up to fans in January on Instagram about her dad's health, saying she was taking an indefinite hiatus ahead of her planned Domination residency in Las Vegas, which was set to kick off in February, because her father had "almost died".
(With inputs from PTI)