It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, Britney Spears, highly-likeable X Factor judge, was in the throws of a full-scale implosion. That’s how fast things move in pop music.
It’s the fallout from that meltdown that will be discussed in a Southern California court this week as the civil suit between her parents and her former manager, Sam Lutfi, goes to trial. Via The Daily Beast:
Her father, Jamie Parnell Spears, and lawyer Andrew M. Wallett have had legal control over the 30-year-old Grammy winner’s personal and financial affairs since 2008, duties they now split with her fiancé, Jason Trawick. The probate judge overseeing that conservatorship has ruled that Britney Spears should not testify at the trial, scheduled to begin Thursday, because doing so would cause her “irreparable harm and immediate danger.”
But the trial judge has resisted making a crucial decision, opting instead to wait and see if the man who is suing the pop star and her parents calls her to testify. Sam Lutfi, 38, who claims to have been Britney Spears’s good friend and manager, filed a lawsuit on Feb. 3, 2009, for libel, defamation, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and breach of contract after the publication of Lynne Spears’s book Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World, in which Lutfi alleges he was libeled. Lutfi filed the civil action just three days after Britney Spears’s father was granted the conservatorship and secured a restraining order against Lutfi, following an incident at his daughter’s Beverly Hills home.
Lutfi maintains that the publication of the book has subjected him to “unfathomable amounts of ridicule and public scorn” and that he “is no longer able to venture into the public without being harassed and ridiculed.” Lawyers for the Spears intend to prove that Lutfi was a “Svengali” figure who was attempting to take advantage of the troubled pop star. Lutfi has also been linked to other notoriously messy female stars such as Lindsay Lohan and Courtney Love.