I was trying to keep up with all the legal/court stories about Britney’s troubles in the last couple days – and I just couldn’t do it. I saved them all up, and I’m going to sum it all up here, shall I?
First off – Brit’s parents went to court. Her father, Jamie Spears and lawyer Andrew Wallet were granted temporary control over Britney in an emergency hearing on Friday.
He now has power over her visitors in the hospital, and he can keep Osama Lufti away. Commissioner Reva Goetz found this to be in Britney’s best interest, and that Jamie was qualified for the role. This also means that Jamie can “prosecute any civil harassment restraining orders.” There is a civil restraining order against Lufti. The status of that one will be in court on Feb. 22nd.
This is all just on a temporary basis until Monday, and apparently there will be another hearing at that time. But this does allow him, in addition to saying yay or nay, to employ security guards for her in the hospital.
In addition – Spear’s Daddy gets access to her medical records, and he can talk to her doctors. He also has temporary control over the finances – and lock up her house, change the locks, and toss hangers-on that might be in the house.
Daddy can also revoke contracts she made recently (such as that new car!) Which to me makes sense, ’cause she was already losing it.
He can’t actually make medical decisions on her behalf.
The lawyer, Wallet (anyone see the irony?), is there to be an independent, objective voice in all this – essentially to protect Britney’s interests.
Lufti had this to say, “I object to this. Britney is fully capable of handling her own finances. Her doctors are capable of handling her health care… You’d think in a time like this, the family would be at the hospital taking care of their daughter, rather than fighting for her money. How sad.” Personally – I think he’s the reason they had to be in court – to protect their daughter. As to her being able to control her finances??? Good Lord she’s in lockdown in a psychiatric facility. um. no.
The effect of the order is that Sam Lutfi has, at least temporarily, been shut out of Britney’s world. He will not be able to go to her home or the hospital, or have any other contact with her.
In OTHER Britney news… The lawyer team in the conservatorship with Daddy, and her custody dispute are NOT the same team.
We know Britney’s divorce team at the law firm of Trope and Trope has been dealing with newly-exiled Sam Lutfi and believes he is well-meaning. Jamie Spears, the freshly appointed co-conservator, has made it clear he dislikes the Trope firm and wants them out of Britney’s life — in large part because of the firm’s alliance with Sam.
And then… In all this… Is, of course, Britney herself. After learning Daddy was in control, she went ballistic. In a british accent. No, I’m not kidding. She was also under the impression that she was getting out on Friday – not gonna happen.
Whew. So that’s as much as I know right now.
It’s a freakshow.