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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
Sep302011

Jackson Doctor Conrad Murray Didn't Mention Propofol to Paramedics

Paramedic Richard Senneff testifies at the Conrad Murray trial on Friday, September 30. ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A paramedic who responded to a lifeless Michael Jackson said Thursday the singer's doctor, Conrad Murray, did not tell paramedics that Jackson was taking the powerful anesthetic propofol and was not honest about how long Jackson had been in cardiac arrest.

Richard Senneff, a Los Angeles firefighter and paramedic, testified in the manslaughter trial about reporting to Jackson's mansion after receiving a 911 call about a 50-year-old man in cardiac arrest.

Jackson died of a drug overdose on June 25, 2009. Murray, the singer's doctor, could face four years in prison if convicted.

Senneff said that he and his team of four received the call at 12:22 p.m. and arrived at the rented mansion in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Bel Air, Calif., at 12:26 p.m. He said that he and his team never found any sign of life in the king of pop.

"When I first moved the patient, his skin was very cool to the touch. When I took a first glance at him, his eyes were open, they were dry and his pupils were dilated. When I hooked up the EKG machine, it was flatline consistently," Senneff said.

The paramedic said that Murray and a bodyguard were in the process of moving Jackson from his bed to the floor when he arrived. Jackson, wearing pajamas, appeared so thin that his ribs were visible, Senneff told jurors.

Senneff immediately approached Murray asking him a barrage of questions about his patient. Jackson appeared so ill that he looked like a patient suffering from a chronic illness, Senneff said.

"I said is there a DNR [Do Not Resuscitate] and he just looked at me ... I repeated the question and he said no, no, there's nothing, no."

Senneff and his team began hooking Jackson up to an EKG machine, intubating him and giving him rounds of drugs to start his heart. None of it worked. At one point, Murray told paramedics that he could feel a pulse in Jackson's right groin. Senneff said he and his team could not find a pulse on Jackson and that his cardiac rhythm was a "clean flatline."

Senneff repeatedly asked Murray about Jackson's medical history and what medications he was taking.

"I asked what his underlying health condition was, he [Conrad Murray] did not respond ... I asked again … he did not respond … The third time he said nothing, nothing, he has nothing," Senneff said. "Simply that did not add up to me."

"I see an underweight patient, I see an IV here and I see medication vials on the nightstand," he said.

Murray told paramedics that he was only treating Jackson for dehydration and exhaustion and that he'd only given him a sedative lorazepam to help him sleep. Murray's defense team now contends that he gave Jackson 25 mg of propofol on the day he died and that Jackson took lorazepam and an additional dose of propofol without Murray knowing.

Senneff said that it appeared Jackson had been in cardiac arrest longer than the five minutes it took for paramedics to arrive after 911 was called.

Senneff and the UCLA Medical Center were prepared to declare Jackson dead at 12:57 p.m., but Murray insisted Jackson be taken to the hospital and efforts to revive him continue.

Senneff said that after Jackson had been taken down the stairs on a gurney and placed into an ambulance, he returned to Jackson's bedroom to retrieve his team's items. He encountered Murray in the bedroom.

Senneff said that he observed no heart monitoring machines in the Jackson bedroom when he arrived, something prosecutors argue shows reckless care and abandonment. An earlier witness testified that the pulse oximeter machine that Murray did have in Jackson's bedroom was useless unless Murray was staring at it the entire time because it had a tiny screen and no audible alarm system.

Murray rode in the ambulance with the paramedics to the UCLA emergency room. Senneff testified that he observed Murray talking on his cell phone on the ambulance ride.

The minute by minute account of the efforts to revive Jackson followed a morning of testimony from a former patient of Murray.

Robert Russell told jurors that Murray had performed two surgeries on him after he suffered a heart attack in March 2009.

Of Murray's treatment, he said, "I felt like I was getting the best care in the world honestly."

The two grew so close that Murray revealed to Russell that he was leaving his medical practices to treat Jackson.

Russell said that the exceptional care he'd received began to shift. Murray broke two appointments with him and Russell was considering legal action against the doctor and left a voicemail letting his office know.

"I had expressed my frustration. I stated that I was at the end … of my rope and I expected answers and I expected a return call from Doctor Murray or the establishment of a meeting," he told jurors.

Russell got a return call from Murray, made less than an hour before paramedics would be called to Jackson's home to try and revive his lifeless body.

In the message, Murray said that his patient's heart is "repaired" and that he was on a sabbatical. Russell found the message odd because it didn't refer to any of Russell's test results and seemed to conflict with previous advice that Murray had given him, telling him that the damage to his heart could never really be repaired.

"I'm looking for scientific facts ... I also thought it was strange that he's leaving on a sabbatical. Why would he say that to me? I've been aware of what he was doing before his staff did," Russell said.

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