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Britney Spears is protected from former manager Sam Lutfi due to restraining order issued in 2019


Britney Spears is still protected from the former manager Sam Lutfi due to a five-year restraining order which was issued in 2019.

The 39-year-old pop star was finally freed from the 13-year conservatorship which her father, Jamie, sat at the helm of her personal and financial decisions when Brenda Penny terminated the court order on Friday.

‘The court finds that the conservatorship of the person and estate of Britney Jean Spears is no longer required,’ Judge Brenda Penny told a LA Superior court hearing – where Britney did not appear.

‘Therefore, as of today, the conservatorship is hereby terminated.’ 

Lutfi served as Britney’s manager after the pair met in 2007 while Britney was in the throes of a mental health crisis and divorcing husband Kevin Federline. 

Not great: Britney Spears’ former manager, Sam Lutfi, admitted he ‘failed’ the popstar in a tweet shared on Wednesday afternoon; seen in December 2007

In July, Sam admitted he ‘failed’ the popstar in a tweet: ‘Just sitting here listening to that court recording, if she hates me after she’s free I won’t blame her… I failed her,’ he wrote referencing her recent court appearance where she battled to end the conservatorship. 

He added: ‘I was supposed to protect her from all this, I let her down and we both paid dearly for it – – head in hands..I’m so sorry.’ 

But fans were quick to comment on the concern after Lutfi’s long been accused of being a ring-leader in Britney’s downfall.

‘Don’t play the victim dude,’ one fan wrote. ‘If you were so great why so many restraining orders? I hope they keep you away from Britney. U first tried to use Lynne to get to B, then used Allie saying it was about custody & slithered your way in. You planned this entire scheme.’ 

Another fan shared an article from his 2012 trial and wrote: ‘He LITERALLY called Britney an addict FOR YEARS (which only helped Team Con’s narrative) and tried taking her to court many times to claim money from her for his “manager duties” from 2007. Ewww some of these new “fans” supporting him are embarrassing pieces of s***.’ 

Stronger: The 39-year-old pop star was finally freed from the 13-year conservatorship which her father, Jamie, sat at the helm of her personal and financial decisions when Brenda Penny terminated the court order on Friday; seen on Instagram

Stronger: The 39-year-old pop star was finally freed from the 13-year conservatorship which her father, Jamie, sat at the helm of her personal and financial decisions when Brenda Penny terminated the court order on Friday; seen on Instagram

'Just sitting here listening to that court recording, if she hates me after she's free I won't blame her... I failed her,' he wrote referencing her recent court appearance in July where she battled to end the conservatorship which has been in place for 13 years

‘Just sitting here listening to that court recording, if she hates me after she’s free I won’t blame her… I failed her,’ he wrote referencing her recent court appearance in July where she battled to end the conservatorship which has been in place for 13 years

Not so fast: But fans were quick to comment on the concern after Lutfi's long been accused of being a ring-leader in Britney's downfall

Not so fast: But fans were quick to comment on the concern after Lutfi’s long been accused of being a ring-leader in Britney’s downfall

Terrible: Another fan shared an article from his 2012 trial where he claimed Britney's amphetamine usage caused her breakdown

Terrible: Another fan shared an article from his 2012 trial where he claimed Britney’s amphetamine usage caused her breakdown

Spears was granted a restraining order from Sam in 2008 when her conservatorship began, and once again in 2019 when she claimed he had threatened her family.

Lutfi claimed Britney was once hooked on prescription drugs, downing up to 30 a day, and was in such a grip of addiction she shaved her head to beat a drugs test.

Joe Schleimer, a lawyer for Lutfi, made the bombshell claim in opening statements at Los Angeles Superior Court in October 2012 where he sued Spears, her mother and father for defamation, breach of contract and libel. 

‘She liked to use amphetamines. Mostly everything that went wrong was because of this drug,’ Schleimer told the jury, alleging that Lutfi was made a scapegoat for the singer’s mental breakdown back in 2008.

Tough time: Lutfi served as Britney's manager after the pair met in 2007 while Britney was in the throes of a mental health crisis and divorcing husband Kevin Federline; seen in 2007

Tough time: Lutfi served as Britney’s manager after the pair met in 2007 while Britney was in the throes of a mental health crisis and divorcing husband Kevin Federline; seen in 2007

Over: Judge Brenda Penny ruled that a conservatorship placed on Britney Spears by her father Jamie (pictured) 13 years ago must now come to an end

Over: Judge Brenda Penny ruled that a conservatorship placed on Britney Spears by her father Jamie (pictured) 13 years ago must now come to an end 

Schleimer told the jury that Spears had a ‘prescription for amphetamines, and overdosed on them’ before being put in the involuntary 5150 hold.  

Britney’s parents, Jamie and Lynn, accused Lutfi of trying to take ‘control of her life, home and finances’ after moving in with her. 

At one point in their controversial relationship, Lutfi reportedly crushed up pills and ‘drugged’ the popstar, with Lynne writing in her 2008 memoir, Through the Storm: ‘He said that was the reason she had been quiet for three days. She had been drugged.’

The family eventually reached a confidential settlement in September 2016. 

Britney gave an emotional, 23-minute testimony during a hearing in a Los Angeles court on June 23 where she pleaded with Judge Brenda Penny for freedom.  

Tough: Britney had been under a court order for 13 years where her father, Jamie, has held the power over all of her personal and financial decisions following her multiple involuntary holds in psychiatric hospitals; Jamie and Lynn seen in 2012

Tough: Britney had been under a court order for 13 years where her father, Jamie, has held the power over all of her personal and financial decisions following her multiple involuntary holds in psychiatric hospitals; Jamie and Lynn seen in 2012

The last time Spears spoke directly to the judge was in May 2019, but the court was closed to the public and her testimony was sealed, and details of her mental health have never been disclosed. 

Britney had been under a court order for 13 years where her father, Jamie, held the power over all of her personal and financial decisions following her multiple involuntary holds in psychiatric hospitals. 

‘This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life, I’ve worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two to three-year break,’ she said. 

Since her shocking testimony, Britney’s court-appointed attorney, Ingham, resigned after failing to file paperwork to end conservatorship, and the day before, Britney’s longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, resigned saying he was no longer needed.  

Judge Penny’s decision to dissolve the much-maligned legal arrangement comes two months after she fired the star’s dad, Jamie Spears, as the $16,000-a-month conservatorship boss who pulled the strings on his daughter’s career and welfare.

The singer, who is now engaged to Sam Aghari, tweeted after the decision was announced: ‘Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy!!!

‘I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day !!!! Best day ever … praise the Lord … can I get an Amen’

Free Britney: In June, Spears gave an emotional, 23-minute testimony during a hearing in a Los Angeles court where she pleaded with Judge Brenda Penny for freedom by ending the 13-year conservatorship; seen in 2018

Free Britney: In June, Spears gave an emotional, 23-minute testimony during a hearing in a Los Angeles court where she pleaded with Judge Brenda Penny for freedom by ending the 13-year conservatorship; seen in 2018



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