It's been nearly two years since Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, was given control over Brit's life and legal affairs, and now the Court Commissioner wants to know how things are going.
The "3" songstress showed up for her closed hearing at a Los Angeles courthouse on Friday.
Experts tell People magazine that the commissioner wanting to check in with Brit is a standard procedure.
"The commissioner just wants to see with her own eyes how Britney is doing, and to get a feel for whether Britney fully understands what's going on in her case," says L.A. probate lawyer Jeffrey S. Cohen, who is not involved in the case.
The starlet will not be allowed full control of her life and affairs until the court feels she's ready to care for herself and her children. The court will also take doctors' opinions into consideration.
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The trial surrounding Britney Spears and the restraining order against Sam Lutfi gets more complicated as the former manager's sister revealed Brit asked for her help to break free from pop Jamie!
Lutfi's younger sister, Christina, testified in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday that she recently snuck the "Womanizer" singer (pictured with Lutfi in 2007) a cell phone during a secret rendezvous at the Beverly Hills hotel -- because Spears wanted to contact Sam, against whom she currently has a restraining order!
"Britney told me she wanted to get a hold of Sam," confessed Christina, as reported by People magazine. "She wanted him to help her find a lawyer, and wanted someone to get a prepaid cell phone to her. She was scared because her father was blackmailing her with visitation rights over her kids."
Spears allegedly asked Lutfi to meet her in the sauna at the gym of the Peninsula Hotel -- and, according to Christina, Brit pleaded for help. "She asked me, 'Will Sam be able to help me?'" Christina told the court. The phone was later discovered by Britney's security, and confiscated.
Conversely, Blair Berk, a lawyer for Jamie Spears, testified that the pop mom was terrified of Lutfi. "She was in such fear, she asked if I could get Sam arrested, to keep him away from her," Berk said.
Brit's dad Jamie has been in control of her affairs as conservator since early 2008, when Britney was hospitalized -- twice. Closing arguments in the restraining order case are scheduled for April 21, meanwhile, Lutfi is forbidden to contact the "Circus" star.
Adnan Ghalib, Britney Spears' ex-beau who accompanied the pop princess during her downward spiral, today faces a continued restraining order from Brit's father Jamie.
Superior Court Judge Reva Goetz has asked legal counsel representing Spears to deliver necessary paperwork so she can sign a long-standing restraining order to keep the shutterbug from bugging Britney.
In January, the court agreed to a temporary restraining order against Ghalib, Britney's former manager Sam Lutfi and attorney Jon Eardley -- who the "Womanizer" singer's father/conservator Jamie accused of undermining the conservatorship.
Since Jamie took control of his daughter's affairs, the pop mom's image has completely turned around; her album "Circus" shot to the top of the charts, she nabbed two VMA awards, she regained shared custody of her children, and she's currently playing to sellout crowds all around the U.S.
An attorney representing Jamie told the judge today that Adnan has not filed any objections to the continued protective order being issued.
UPDATE: A judge has ordered that Adnan Ghalib stay away from Britney for another three years. Ghalib did not show up to court.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has extended
restraining orders against three people, including Britney Spears' former manager and ex-boyfriend.
Judge Aviva K. Bobb extended the restraining orders in order to hear more testimony when the case continues April 1. Attorneys for Spears' father/conservator say that the pair have conspired to break up the conservatorship, and the two have repeatedly tried to contact Britney, with some reports saying that mysterious cell phones are left in her hotel rooms.
Spears' father wants lengthy orders against the pop star's former manager Osama "Sam" Lutfi, ex-BF/paparazzo Adnan Ghalib and attorney John Eardley. AP reports that Papa Spears, a security guard and Britney's hair stylist have already testified in the case.
Britney Spears' father testified on Monday about why he felt a long-term restraining order should be issued against three people -- including his daughter's former manager and her paparazzo ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib.
Spears said he believes Britney's one-time friend/manager Osama "Sam" Lutfi was a danger to the family. Jamie called Lutfi a "predator" and repeated an allegation the Lutfi ground medication into his daughter's food.
Lutfi's attorney Bryan Freedman questioned Spears about recent phone conversations between his client and Britney Spears. Jamie said Lutfi called his daughter and the call was found on a prepaid cell phone. The phone was confiscated from the singer and revealed the numbers of Ghalib and Lutfi.
Jamie Spears testified his daughter told him the phone was given to her at a hotel by someone who said it was from Lutfi and Ghalib.
The Los Angeles Superior Court extended a temporary restraining order against Lutfi, Ghalib and attorney Jon Eardley through Wednesday.
Stay away, y'all! Restraining orders filed against Britney Spears' ex-manager Sam Lutfi, and former flame Adnan Ghalib have been extended until Wednesday morning.
According to AP, Judge Aviva K. Bobb temporarily extended the restraining orders to give an L.A. judge more time to hear arguments in the case of Jamie Spears vs. Lutfi and Ghalib. The pop princess' dad is set to testify this afternoon.
Mr. Spears and his attorneys are seeking a long-term restraining order against the men and lawyer Jon Eardley, who they claim have been attempting to sabotage a court-ordered conservatorship that granted him control over the "Womanizer" singer's personal and financial affairs.
Stay tuned for live coverage from the court house later today.
Britney Spears' former "manager" Osama "Sam" Lutfi has filed a lawsuit against the pop superstar and her parents for libel and defamation.
Lutfi filed his claim Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court just three days after a judge granted Spears' father a restraining order against Lutfi and paparazzo Adnan Ghalib.
The lawsuit provides Lutfi's version of events, including his claim that he urged the singer to reconcile with her parents. Britney's father, Jamie Spears, currently serves as her conservator. The court granted her father permission to take control of his daughter's life a year ago, after a series of highly publicized hospitalizations.
Lutfi's libel claim cites momma Lynne Spears' recent book, "Through the Storm," saying it is filled with "false statements."
Britney Spears' father Jamie Spears has obtained restraining orders for his daughter against ex-boyfriend/paparazzo Adnan Ghalib and former friend/manager Osama "Sam" Lutfi. The AP reports the two had been trying to gain control of the singer's affairs.
The restraining order filed by Jamie Spears states Lutfi and Ghalib "are now working in concert to disrupt the conservatorship with utter disregard for Ms. Spears' health and well being." Brit's father and lawyer Andrew Wallet oversee the star's affairs as co-conservators.
Spears' father says her cell phone records show "numerous telephone conversations" and text messages with Lutfi, 34, and Ghalib, 36. The papers also say Brit informs Adnan "of her destinations and that he then arranges for paparazzi to meet and film her to his financial benefit."
Her father also alleges that on December 27 and 28, 2008, Lutfi tried to contact Britney through her hairdresser with the message that Lutfi was not responsible for creating the conservatorship. He allegedly sent a text message to the hairdresser saying, "I've done everything I can to free her from this. Very close to getting her free now."
The restraining orders forbid the men from contacting Spears or coming within 250 yards of her, her property or family members, according to the L.A. Superior Court papers.