Britney Spears gets 5-year restraining order against former manager Sam Lufti

  • Pop star Britney Spears has been granted a five-year restraining order against her former manager Sam Lutfi.
  • Lutfi was ordered by a judge to stay at least 200 yards away from Spears, her parents, and her children.
  • He has been accused of attacking the Spears family and causing the singer “severe mental trauma.”
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Britney Spears was granted a permanent restraining order against Sam Lutfi, her former manager, a judge ruled on Thursday.

Lutfi was ordered to stay away from Spears for five years. He must stay at least 200 yards away from the singer, her parents, and her kids.

During the hearing, Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, testified about a text message Sam Lutfi sent to Jamie Lynn Spears’ husband, Jamie Watson. In the text, Lutfi said he could help change the conservatorship so that Britney’s mother, Lynn Spears, would be put in charge.

Watson then sent the text message to Jamie, who then contacted his lawyer.

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Jamie testified that he was upset that Lutfi was attacking his family and trying to “disassemble the conservatorship.”

Lutfy’s attorney asked Jamie Spears whether Lutfi reached out to Jamie (before the conservatorship) to help repair his relationship with Britney. Jamie responded that he did but now he wanted Lutfi to leave his family alone, calling him a predator.

During closing arguments, Lutfi’s attorney argued that Sam was allowed to make critical comments about Britney and he did not make any statement to her and has made no effort to contact her.

He also reiterated he is not the cause of the #FreeBritney campaign.

As The Blast first reported, Spears filed for a TRO last month against her former manager, asking for him to stay away from her, her father, mother and two sons.

According to the documents, Spears’ legal team claimed Lutfi has been sending harassing and threatening texts and tweets to Britney Spears and her family.

They claim Lutfi’s actions have caused “severe mental trauma” while interfering with her life.

Spears’ legal team claimed Lutfi is trying to disrupt Britney’s conservatorship through calls for “vigilante action, bribes and release of private information.” They claim his actions are problematic for Britney’s safety and well-being and made it clear they wanted him kept away to “prevent future harm and further psychological trauma.”

Britney spearsMike Windle/Getty ImagesBritney famously shaved her head in 2008 when she was reported to be struggling with her mental health.

Lutfi was Britney Spears’ manager in the early 2000s and her family holds him responsible for her mental downfall in 2008.

He later sued Britney’s parents after Lynne accused him of being the “gatekeeper” and contributing to Britney’s illness, and the two parties settled for an undisclosed amount.

According to Lutfi’s opposition filing to the restraining order, he claims to have not contacted Britney since 2009, and does not believe text messages to Lynne Spears and tweets about the singer should result in a restraining order.

Lutfi also says he has not caused “substantial emotional distress” to Britney, and believes her team’s move to block his public comments is a restraint on free speech.

In his opposition to the TRO, Lutfi claimed that trying to prevent him from making “any disparaging public statements” against Spears and her family is “an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech that has not been adjudicated as defamatory.”

He claimed the TRO request was too vague and argued that critical speech about Spears is not the same as something said to her.

The people responsible for controlling Britney Spears‘ life are now in the crosshairs of court investigators as the judge in her conservatorship case has ordered a thorough investigation of all the players who take part in planning her personal life, financial affairs and medical treatment.

According to documents obtained by The Blast, the judge in Britney’s conservatorship has ordered a probate court investigator to take a hard look at the singer’s case, and wants a court investigator’s report filed before Britney’s next hearing in September.

Britney spearsChris Pizzello/Invision/AP, FileBritney Spears has two children with her ex-husband Kevin Federline.

The move was quietly made days after Britney was ordered to undergo an expert evaluation to determine whether the restraints in her conservatorship should be loosened or modified.

The job of a probate court investigator is to conduct extensive interviews with all the people involved in a conservatorship case, including guardians, conservators, doctors and even law enforcement officials who have had contact with the subject of the conservatorship.

The investigator will also be reviewing medical and financial records, including custody agreements and even contractual obligations … such as her Las Vegas residency.

It has long been debated whether Britney’s team, including her father Jamie Spears, were pushing Britney beyond her limits while signing her up for another round of performances in Sin City. Her manager has maintained that Britney was the one who wanted to keep working, but questions have been raised about her team’s handling of Britney’s fragile mental state while negotiating lucrative business deals.

After the court investigator has prepared their report, the judge will take into consideration the findings when deciding what the court feels is the best move for Britney going forward.

Britney’s mother, Lynne, has been staying with the singer ever since she made a move to join the conservatorship and take a greater role in caring for her daughter, but Britney’s father and other members of her advisers have not been seen with the star. Even more telling about the current situation was Britney arriving to court last week holding her mother’s hand for support.

Our sources within Britney’s team believe the judge in the conservatorship will see they have done everything in their power to help Britney. We’re told the main players in the conservatorship regularly report all the financial and medical updates to the court, and believe the track record of 11 years managing spears’ conservatorship will speak for itself.

The investigation will also be interesting to the #FreeBritney movement, who will either be validated, or proven wrong when the findings are returned to the court.

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