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Thursday
Nov012012

Sam Lutfi's Case Against Spears Family Dismissed

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Britney Spears and her parents have emerged victorious in a legal case brought against them by her purported ex-manager, Sam Lutfi.

According to KABC-TV, a Los Angeles judge on Thursday determined there was insufficient evidence to prove Lufti's claims of libel, battery and breach of contract. The decision came in the midst of a trial that began a few weeks ago.

The case will be formally dismissed at 10 a.m. local time Friday. Lutfi has already vowed to appeal the ruling.

Lutfi had claimed that Britney owed him money from his stint as her manager. He also alleged that her mom, Lynne Spears, libeled him in her 2008 book, Through the Storm, and that the pop star's dad, Jamie Spears, once punched him.

During the trial, Lutfi's attorney claimed his client was made a "scapegoat" for Britney's erratic behavior in the past. Lutfi later stated in court that he was subjected to death threats after the release of Through the Storm, which he argued portrayed him as a manipulator.

Britney's parents filed a motion earlier this week to have the battery and breach of contract allegations dismissed.

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Tuesday
Oct302012

Britney Spears’ Paparazzo Ex-Boyfriend Recounts Their Romance

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Britney Spears’ past came back to haunt her again Tuesday, as Adnan Ghalib, the paparazzo she once dated, recounted their romance and her downward spiral during 2008.

Testifying in court as part of a suit brought by Sam Lufti against Spears and her family, Ghalib, 40, said he went from photographing the pop star to dating her in December 2007. He testified that he saw her “daily” during their time together and denied that he ever saw Spears’ former “manager” Sam Lutfi hide her cell phones, cut off phone lines, or withhold access to her dog, all allegations that Spears’ parents have made against Lutfi.

Ghalib alleged that Spears’s mom Lynne once tried to get him to speak negatively about Lutfi.

“She requested that I say [to the press] Sam Lutfi was responsible for Britney Spears’s behavior,” he said.

According to People magazine, during cross-examination, Ghalib said he bought a disposable cell phone at Lutfi’s request to be smuggled to Spears in mid-2008, months after her father obtained legal control over her. He also confirmed that a judge ordered him to stay away from Spears for three years and admitted he was once arrested while evading a process server in the case.

Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, took the stand after Ghalib. He testified that he never chased Lutfi around the kitchen counter and that he never punched him, allegations that Lutfi made against him last week.

Lutfi’s mother, sister and several other family members appeared in court Tuesday for the first time.

Lutfi’s case against the Spears family is expected to conclude Tuesday, and the pop star’s legal team will begin their defense. Lutfi is suing Spears for unpaid fees during the time he supposedly served as her manager, Jamie Spears for allegedly punching him and Lynne Spears for purportedly defaming him in her 2008 book about her daughter’s breakdown.

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Friday
Oct192012

Britney Spears’ Ex-Manager Says Drugs Led to Her Meltdown

D Dipasupil/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Britney Spears’ well-publicized breakdown in which she shaved her head and accosted paparazzi with an umbrella was caused by drugs, according to an attorney for her former manager.

“She liked to use amphetamines, speed or uppers … and most of the things that went wrong were related to that drug,” attorney Joseph Schleimer said in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday where his client, Sam Lufti, is suing Spears, 30, and her family.

Lufti, 38, was once the pop superstar’s manager and closest confidante, coming to her side in 2007 as her world began to unravel and, later, spurring one of Spears’ most public meltdowns after an argument left her sitting barefoot on a curb outside her home, sobbing as surrounding paparazzi caught it all on tape.

Lufti, a sometime film producer, is now seeking a share of the multimillion-dollar fortune of Spears, who earlier this month was named by Forbes as the second-highest paid woman in Hollywood.  Lufti says he had an agreement to earn 15 percent of her earnings as her manager.

“My client was made a scapegoat for drug abuse and erratic behavior of Britney Spears,” Schleimer told jurors on the trial’s opening day.  “He was terrified of being her manager when she overdosed.”

Spears’ fortune has been under a conservatorship headed by her father, Jamie, since her public breakdown four years ago.  She lost custody of her two sons, Sean and Jayden, to ex-husband Kevin Federline in 2008 before regaining custody of both boys in 2011 as she made a professional and personal comeback.

Lufti is also suing Spears’ conservatorship and Spears’ mom, Lynne Spears, saying that Lynne Spears’ 2008 book, Through the Storm, made libelous claims about his role in Spears’ life and that he, Lufti, was a key player in Spears’  2007 album Blackout and therefore has claim to the earnings.

Spears, 30, was not at the courtroom Thursday, but her parents were in attendance to see Lufti’s attorney flash many unflattering images of her during the meltdown.

“Most of the things that went wrong related to that habit,” Schleimer said of Spears’ alleged drug use, according to People.  “My client sometimes spent 24 hours a day to prevent Britney from using drugs.”

Attorneys for Spears’ parents and conservators were scheduled to make their opening statements Friday in the case that first began when Lufti sued in 2009.

The heated courtroom drama comes as Britney Spears’ personal drama appeared to be settling down with an engagement to her manager, Jason Trewick, and a steady gig judging The X Factor on FOX.

Calls made to a representative for Spears were not returned.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May132011

Britney Spears May Be Forced to Undergo Psychiatric Examination

Max Morse/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Remember Sam Lutfi, Britney Spears' so-called former "manager" who was allegedly controlling her life a few years ago when she had all those breakdowns?  Well, Billboard.biz reports that he's now demanding that she undergo a psychiatric evaluation, to prove that she's sane enough to testify in his ongoing court case against her mom, Lynne Spears.

Lutfi is suing Lynne for defamation, because she claimed in her book "Through the Storm" that Lutfi kept Britney drugged and helpless, cut off her communications with her family and restricted her movements.  Lutfi wants Britney to give her side of the story, but her parents claim she's mentally incapable of testifying.  Despite the fact that she's made a remarkable comeback in recent years, Britney is still under the conservatorship of her father, Jamie Spears, and family lawyer Andrew Wallet.  Lutfi, however, doesn't believe her parents' claims, which is why he's asked a judge to order the psychiatric evaluation.

Lutfi has submitted evidence of Britney's sanity to his own expert, a UCLA assistant professor of psychiatry.  The evidence consists of Britney's recent interviews with Ryan Seacrest and with MTV.  According to Billboard.biz, the professor concluded that in those interviews, Britney "responds logically and coherently to questions, evidencing logical thinking and mental competency." Now, Lutfi wants a judge to order the evaluation to prove it legally.

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