Rose McGowan Tells Tucker Carlson That Britney Spears Has Been 'Tortured'

Rose McGowan spoke out in defense of Britney Spears on Wednesday, as she asserted that the star has been "tortured" under her controversial conservatorship.

During a remote court appearance on Wednesday, Spears spoke in detail about her experience under conservatorship, with her father Jamie Spears overseeing her business, financial and health decisions since her mental health troubles in 2007.

McGowan made an appearance on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight hours later to passionately express her support for Spears, as she alleged that the star has been mistreated in the name of keeping fans entertained.

Speaking of the conservatorship, the actress told Tucker Carlson: "Well, in my opinion, and in many others, it's bad. Imagine you're a 25-year-old young woman, or young human, who has been forced to perform since as long as she could walk to support her family. Her father put her under a conservatorship at age 25.

"Many in the media laughed and scorned her when she shaved her head. I lived in Hollywood during that time, and I've made it my life's mission to tell all of you out there what so many of you really know deep down—that fame and Hollywood and the media machine are rotten to the core, and they do hurt and they do damage."

"Since [Spears' conservatorship] she's gone on to do a five-year residency in Vegas—two shows a day—[and] she's gone on a tour in 2018," continued McGowan. "And what happened today is literally a cultural landmark moment. It is a cultural reset.

"She got to speak—for the first time, I believe, in her life—honestly and openly. And what has been done to her is horrific."

McGowan went on: "I know it seems like, 'why should we care about a rich pop princess,' right? But I think it's deeper than that. And I think it goes to what you talk a lot about, which is the rot in the machine, and how society also plays a part in a weird form of oppression."

Following a few seconds of silence, Carlson said: "Man, I mean... you've pushed all my buttons, I have to say. The idea that the individual is crushed by forces larger than her and that deep down it really is rotten and that people are treated as disposable objects, rather than as human beings with souls. I mean, that's all on display every single day."

During the interview, which the host had revealed was put together at the last minute after a request from McGowan, Carlson asked if the terms of the conservatorship mean that Spears "can't make basic life decisions for herself."

"Absolutely none," responded McGowan. "She can make no decisions [on] when she sees her kids, what medicine she takes... Britney Spears said they put her on lithium. That is an incredibly helpful drug for some, but a hardcore drug. She said she was doped out, I'm summarizing, and she, I think, is ready to blow the lid.

"She said today she's so angry it's insane. And I understand that kind of rage... The thing is, I was the first one to go on the record about [convicted sex offender] Harvey Weinstein and that kind of sickness, and the people that are truly putting your entertainment in your head. And while we've all been entertained by Britney Spears, she's been tortured.

"I know it seems like one person, but they've done this to women and humans and whistle blowers and people they don't like... Like you said, Tucker, the people, the monsters in power, that control the puppet—not just her. But the message it sends to every girl or every boy out there that you are disposable and the elite can own you."

Charmed star McGowan was also among the numerous celebrities who took to social media to express support for Spears on Wednesday night.

A win for one woman is a win for all. A win for one human is a win for all. Let Freedom Ring! #FreeBritney

— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) June 23, 2021

In a video shared on her Twitter account, McGowan said: "This is a message for Britney Spears and any other human who is being controlled by greed and evil. Fight on Britney, we're with you, we hear you, we have heard you, I know the cost of control. And you've been controlled since zero. Fight on.

"There is freedom on the other side. I pray this judge gives you your life back and I'm brutally angry that is has to be that way, that someone has to rule for you to get your life back. Can you imagine what that's like, any of you out there? Of course she's angry. Righteous anger changes the world. Keep fighting, we're with you."

During her court hearing, Britney Spears called the conservatorship "abusive," and said that the stress of its continuation left her depressed, unable to sleep, and often in tears.

She also said that the conservatorship requires her to wear a contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD), which she wants to remove in order to have a baby.

"I want to be able to get married and have a baby," Spears said as she spoke at the hearing remotely, via the phone. "I have an IUD inside of myself so that I don't get pregnant, but [my team doesn't] want me to have any more children."

"They have me going to therapy three times a week and to a psychiatrist," the mother-of-two added. "I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I don't feel like I can live a full life."

"I deserve to have a life," she said. "I've worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two-to-three year break and just, you know, do what I want to do. But I do feel like there is a crunch here and I feel open and I'm okay to talk to you today about it."

"I'm tired of feeling alone," Spears went on. "I deserve to have the same rights as anybody does, by having a child, a family, any of those things, and more so."

In response, Jamie Spears' lawyers told the court: "He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain. Mr. Spears loves his daughter very much."

Jamie Spears currently serves as a co-conservator alongside Spears' "care manager," Jodi Montgomery. He had been the sole conservator up until 2019, when he stepped down, citing declining health.

After Britney Spears filed a request to have her father permanently removed as a conservator in 2020, Jamie Spears claimed in his response that the star has dementia and therefore isn't fit to oversee her estate.

Newsweek has contacted a representative for Britney Spears for comment.

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Rose McGowan (L) spoke out in defense of Britney Spears (R) on Wednesday, after the pop star detailed her experiences under conservatorship during a court hearing. Eamonn McCormack/BFC/Getty Images/J. Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD