A judge in Los Angeles has a five-year & # 39; civil harassment & # 39; restraining order imposed on Britney Spears' ex-manager after the distressed singer requested it.
Sam Lutfi was accused of fueling the & # 39; Free Britney & # 39; movement by calling on his followers to & # 39; to eliminate hell & # 39; and & # 39; & # 39; against her curatorship that has been led by her father James for more than a decade.
The accusation came at a hearing in downtown Los Angeles, where the legal team of 37-year-old singer Judge Brenda Penny asked to force Lutfi to stay 200 meters away from her.
Lawyers for Britney Spears (left, at her birthday party in 2007) have been banned for five years from ex-manager Sam Lufti (center) for commenting on the singer and her family that amount to civil harassment
Lutfi – who appeared in court today with a shaved head and was wearing a dark jacket and dark jeans – & # 39; says to the public, & # 39; let go of hell & # 39; and & # 39; release & # 39;, & # 39; explained lawyer Chad Hummel to the court.
& # 39; He calls them (the Spears family) hillbilly criminals. This must stop, & he continued.
& # 39; Jamie (James) Spears has been begging Mr. Lutfi for more than a decade to stay away from his family. & # 39;
Spears was first given a temporary restraining order against & # 39; civil harassment & # 39; against Lutfi after claiming in court that he had repeatedly used the mother of Britney & # 39; s mother Lynne, and tried to get her fans into the # freebritney movement.
Sam Lufti, who was the singer's manager from 2007 to 2008, was charged with & # 39; citizen guard actions, bribes, and disclosure of private information & # 39; to undermine the pop star's curatorship due to the control of Britney & # 39; s father over the singer's affairs (pictured in an earlier court session in 2016)
Singer lawyers accused Lutfi of placing & # 39; contemptuous and threatening comments & # 39; against Spears and her family.
Her lawyers also claimed that Lutfi was involved with & # 39; citizen guard actions, bribes, and disclosure of private information & # 39; In order to undermine the pop star's curatorship and, her lawyers said, he sent a series of texts to Britney & # 39; s mother Lynne Spears, 64, who criticized her for lack of action in the midst of the family crisis.
At today's hearing, 66-year-old Britney's father, James – dressed in a dark suit, white shirt, and gray tie – said that he & # 39; is very upset and very angry & # 39; was when he heard last April that Lutfi had lubricated James & 39's son-in-law, James Watson, who offered him $ 10,000 to take a step to take the Britney Conservatories away from James and Lynne to take over .
& # 39; Britney complained that she was being abused by her father. She said she wanted to step out of the conservatories for years, & Lufti told the court
According to Britney & # 39; s lawyer Jack Yeh, the text said that Lutfi & # 39; had accumulated a substantial fund (s) to fund a change in curatorship … we propose to make Lynne Spears the new curator. & # 39;
The text then offered to advance $ 10G to show that we mean business. & # 39;
After James Spears had read the text, he said: & # 39; I was angry because it was another way Sam attacked my family … to beat the conservatories. & # 39;
When Lutfi's lawyer, Marc Gans, doubted whether it was his client who sent the text, James said he & # 39; positive & # 39; was and added: & # 39; I have the proof here in my phone. That is one hundred percent how he (Lutfi) is. & # 39;
James admitted in court that his relationship with his famous daughter & # 39; is always strained & # 39; but when Lutfi contacted him to improve Britney's relationship, he told Lutfi: & # 39; Going away & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Lutfi said he was trying to restore the relationship, but he was a predator. & # 39;
When attorney Hummel Lutfi today asked why he sent money twice to Lynne Spears, first $ 1,000, then $ 3,000 – which they both sent back to him – the moment he tried to get her appointed Britney & # 39; s curator, he said against the court: & # 39; I offered her some financial help.
& # 39; Lynne talked on Instagram about the Free Britney movement and how people offered her money. So I sent her some money.
& # 39; Britney complained that she was being abused by her father. She said she wanted to leave the conservatories for years. & # 39;
The restraining order prevents Lufti from coming within 200 yards of Britney, as well as her two children, her parents and her friend, Sam Asghari (left)
When he asked Judge Penny to impose the restraining order, Hummel said to the court: "We think we have produced convincing evidence that goes up to the level of civil harassment." Lutfi has been repeatedly asked to stay away from the Spears family – but he can't help it.
& # 39; Lutfi threatens the existence and basis of the conservatory. Mr. Lutfi thinks it is his mission to undo the conservatories. He thinks this is his right. He cannot continue to do what he does. & # 39;
Lutfi's lawyer, Gans, stated that the imposition of a restraining order & # 39; presumably unconstitutional & # 39; would be because, although he might have made contemptuous or critical remarks about Spears, "according to the law, he may say something critical about Miss Spears' conservatory."
Citing a restraining order as & # 39; a clear violation of Lutfi's first rights to change & # 39 ;, Gans added: & # 39; All statements by Mr. Lutfi were made to the public, to Lynne Spears, to James Watson, not to Mrs. Spears directly.
& # 39; He didn't steal Miss Spears. He didn't show up in person. He posted emails and tweets. Lynne Spears never told him to stop sending emails. Nor did James Watson say, "Don't call me, don't text me." & # 39;
The whole Spears legal team accused Lutfi of being a scapegoat of the & # 39; Free Britney & # 39; movement.
& # 39; He cannot be blamed for the movement – he is independent of him. He is not the person behind it, & he said.
Despite Lutfi & # 39; s legal arguments, Judge Penny decided in favor of Spears and said that she found James Spears & # 39; credible and outspoken & # 39; while Lutfi was & # 39; invasive, not sincere or credible & # 39; used to be.
The restraining order that Judge Penny has given means that for the next five years Lutfi must remain at least 200 meters away from not only Britney, but also her two children, her parents and her friend, Sam Asghari.
Britney & # 39; s dispute with Lutfi comes at the same time as another lawsuit relating to her curatorship that was established in 2008, following her shocking public breakdown of 2007 and subsequent hospitalization.
Her father, James Spears, has supervised the conservatory, but her mother Lynne is said to want to play a greater role in the care of her daughter.
On May 10, a judge ordered a full investigation into the status of Britney's conservatories and also her financial affairs, plus the custody of her sons, Sean, 13 and Jayden, 12, which she is currently sharing with her ex-husband, Kevin Federline. .
And later, James Spears filed a letter of intent to expand his daughter's conservatories from California to three other states, Louisiana, Florida, and Hawaii, where she has homes.
The conservatory case has another hearing scheduled for August 15.
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