Sunday, March 2, 2008

Britney Spears set for court showdown with parents

Britney SpearsTroubled pop princess Britney Spears is gearing up for a court showdown with her parents as she attempts to win back control of her life, it has been claimed.

The 26-year-old pop wreck - whose dad Jamie Spears currently has full control over her life - will be the star witness in a battle to overturn a restraining order taken out by her family against her former manager Sam Lutfi.

The Toxic singer will reportedly be asked to give evidence against dad Jamie and mom Lynne, who currently have control of her assets after her recent breakdown.

Lutfi - Spears' self-styled 'manager' and one-time pal has been banned from going within 250 yards of the singer after Lynne accused him of drugging her with prescription pills and cutting her phone lines.

But Lutfi, 33, wants to clear his name -- and has secretly contacted the star via a third party to ask for her support. He reportedly told a pal: "I am going to call Britney to the stand so she can tell the world how I was helping her.

"I am innocent. I am Britney's friend and would never hurt her."

Lutfi is said to be preparing a dossier for the hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Court on March 17 - in which he'll claim Britney had access to drugs from other visitors and fears her life is being taken over by her family.

The mother of two was released from the psychiatric ward at the UCLA Medical Center last month  - and is believed to be back at home in LA.

Britney is adamant she is capable of taking back control of her own life. A source told Britain's News Of The World newspaper: "Britney feels fit enough to make her own decisions but is overruled by her father. She is fighting to get control."

Last night, Lutfi's spokesman Michael Sands said: "Sam is a good guy who does not agree with this restraining order.

"He will fight it all the way."

By Owen Williams, Mar 02 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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