Is Britney Spears “mentally incapable” of testifying in Sam Lufti’s lawsuit?


Once again, the battle of who will control Britney Spears has come to the forefront, and the reprehensible Sam Lufti is back and refuses to go away until he either gets one of two things: (1) Britney back under his control; or (2) A very tidy sum of cash. Either way, it’s all about money for Lufti, and (inexplicably) his defamation case against Lynne Spears still lingers in the appeals court dockets. For his part, Lufti’s claiming that he was the one who pulled Britney off her crazy tour, which is true in a sense because once she hooked up with Lufti, she stopped running around without wearing pants, but that was only due to the fact that Lufti took away her car keys and kept her at home. In doing so, Lufti’s goal was not to help Britney in any way but only to control her for himself. Years later, Lufti is still throwing a tantrum about the years-long restraining order and supposed damage to his reputation due to statements made within Lynne Spears’ memoir, Through the Storm. So Lufti is pushing the court to allow Britney to testify in his lawsuit:

Ever since Britney Spears shaved her head, got arrested for reckless driving and seemingly lost control of her career, the pop singer’s mental state has been questioned by observers. Her career is now on the upswing once again, with a hit album and a coming tour, but the issue of her mental competence is still pertinent.

Spears’ ex-manager, Sam Lutfi, is pursuing legal claims against the singer’s mother, Lynne Spears, and wants Britney to give a deposition. Britney’s parents, though, are resisting, saying that Britney is mentally incapable of testifying. In a motion filed on Monday at Los Angeles Superior Court, Lutfi asked a judge to order a psychiatric evaluation of the singer to prove that’s not true.

Despite Spears’ comeback, she’s still under the conservatorship of her father, James Parnell Spears, and family lawyer, Andrew Wallet. Both are hesitant to let the singer get too close with Lutfi, who was fired in 2008.

As detailed in Lynne Spears’ memoir, Through the Storm, Lutfi was allegedly a master manipulator who secretly drugged Britney, cut off her communications and mobility, and set himself up as the celebrity’s “gatekeeper” before he was fired.

Lutfi says those things aren’t true. He claims that Britney’s life was already a mess before he got involved. He’s suing for defamation, and last November, an appeals court refused to toss the lawsuit. So the battle rages on.

The ex-manager now wants Britney to give her side of the story, but her conservators don’t want that.

In turn, Lutfi points to a recent MTV documentary about the singer, a coming world tour, and an interview conducted with Britney by Ryan Seacrest in March as circumstantial evidence that the singer has got her wits about her again.

[From Hollywood Reporter]

Well, we’re all pretty aware that all of Britney’s appearances and interviews are so highly orchestrated (to the point of enraging talk show host Carson Daly, who refused to allow the Spears camp to edit what would have already been a pre-taped interview), so it’s hard to believe that any court would be unable to see that Britney can only parrot back pre-rehearsed responses. Again, it’s rather terrifying that the appeals court has yet to dispense with Lufti’s case because any declaration that Britney is mentally fit to testify in court could also be used as a foundation to attack the conservatorship that has kept her out of trouble and reunited her with her sons.

As sad as it is to think about it, Britney will always be under lock and key in a sense; at least when her father and lawyer are in charge, Britney gets to see her sons and can continue being a somewhat productive (albeit so heavily medicated that she can only perform the most lazily choreographed of moves) member of society. Of course, there’s always the argument that Britney just wants her hot dergs and could really do without this next worldwide tour, but the alternative to that is … life with Sam Lufti. Because if and when Britney’s conservatorship ever ends, she’ll quickly fall in again with Lufti and soon be wearing that crazy pink wig. And we all know what that means.



Photos Britney at this weekend’s KIIS FM’s 2011 Wango Tango concert courtesy of WENN

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  1. Zelda says:

    What a horrible wig.

  2. Innocent says:

    I can’t believe this hasn’t been thrown out yet. This man is crazy and Britney isn’t the only person who has a restraining order against him.

  3. mln76 says:

    Can’t wait for the Britney fans to come and say she’s doing great eventhough she isn’t legally able to testify in court on her own behalf. Face it fans legally speaking she is a child… I feel really bad for her. At least I believe her father is a better person than Sam Lufti and isn’t abusing her but I don’t think she should be performing but instead focusing on getting the help she needs so that she can if possible get custody of her children not just visitation and have a say in her finances.

  4. Ruby Red Lips says:

    Sam Lufti just needs to go jump of a tall bridge, he’s vile.

    Regardless of whether Brit is mentally incapable of making a testament, Lufti should forget this case, he is just proving what a disgusting little man he is.

    The whole Britney thing is really sad

  5. Praise St. Angie! says:

    lutfi is nothing more than a manipulating money grubber.

    if he had ANYTHING to offer society, wouldn’t he be doing that instead of trying to continue to leech off someone else’s money?

    seriously, dude…give it up. you led the good life for a while, keeping a mentally-ill young woman on a leash as your own personal bank account. now, you need to fade away before you get arrested for something akin to kidnapping.

  6. Sophie says:

    I just feel so sorry for her

  7. flounder says:

    It’s terrible. She has been told who to be her entire life, that now, as an adult, she is completely helpless. On the bright side, she’s looking much healthier and wearing a fabulous dress :)

  8. someone says:

    I think she looks fantastic, Im not going to pretend to know what goes on behind closed doors, maybe Brit doesn’t want to testify…

  9. guesty says:

    I always feel so sorry for Britney. The whole conservatorship thing really sucks. As for Lufti…imo they just settle with him & be done with it.

  10. Crash2GO2 says:

    She probably is, but I imagine it would be damaging to her fragile mental wellbeing to have to have anything to do with this monster again.

  11. mln76 says:

    @someone are you really that ignorant to the basic rules of the legal system???(I am assuming you are American if not my apologies) if you get subpoenaed you have to testify or else you can be jailed. The only exceptions would be if you would incriminate yourelf (5 th amendment) or if you are deemed unfit to testify. Britney falls under the second category.

  12. Maria says:

    poor Britney! All that money and she doesn’t have peace, sanity and tranquility.

  13. Darlene says:

    I love her hair. She’s looking prettier and happier every time we see her.

  14. KateNonymous says:

    I feel bad for her. She was relentlessly marketed and manipulated by her mother, changing her singing for what a record label thought it could sell, and then turned loose as an adult with no life skills at all. Hopefully she is at least safe now, because she wasn’t for quite a while there.

    But I feel worse for her children.

  15. sapphire says:

    Ah yes, more of the “poor, captive”
    Brittany, chained by drugs and conservatorship, yadda, yadda. And everyone forgets she has joint legal and physical custody of her children and they actually have a farher who cares.

    Pity party aside, why in the world would you want to subject someone who is at all fragile to a hostile dep? I don’t buy that she’s too medicated to speak.I just think it’s a handy way to avoid it.
    @mln76-couple caveats. If you serve someone, having them actually show up is a different thing from testifying. With the 5th amendment, unless a judge orders before hand, you still have to show up to the deposition or hearing. You just don’t have to say anything. Lack of competency, however, excuses appearance.

  16. bluhare says:

    I think it means Lufti’s got her dead to rights. Don’t jump on me everyone, I think this guy’s an asshole of the first order, and I believe he had control of her when she was in no state to make rational decisions and treated her as her side says. I also think she could have done the things he says as she was in a serious manic phase at the time.

    While I think it’s great that the conservatorship has helped her get her life back together, I’m now getting suspicious of her father/mother’s motives on not starting to give her a bit more freedom. They won’t even let her have a cell phone. They don’t make money unless she’s working so they’re putting her out there in no state to do a really good show.

    The other thing is that if her medication makes her that lethargic, I hope that they’ve tried to reduce her dose to offset that. I take bipolar meds and I’m on a low dose (I’m II rather than the I she is) and it doesn’t affect me much other than take away the spark, so I feel bad for her that she walks around in a haze. Does anyone know if the conservatorship means that they can force her to medicate? She could quit the drugs anytime if she wanted. People do it all the time (with disastrous results most of the time, of course)but I thought no one could be forced to medicate.

  17. mln76 says:

    @sapphire she does not have joint legal custody she has full visitation someone who is under guardianship isn’t able to have custodial rights over a minor child.

    and yes you are correct about the 5th amendment but that situation isn’t applicable so I didn’t go into the minutiae.

  18. Slim Charles says:

    @min76 I agree. I feel nothing but sorry for her.

  19. Lilou says:

    I don’t think that she is under that much control by her father and lawyer… The pictures are from Wongo Wongo (or something like that) and she was there, without any pre recorded stuff… She is going to tour and again, once on stage, no one is controlling her… So if she was so unhappy with the situation, she could have yelled many time to the crowd ‘help me, they control me”!!!!

    I think she king of enjoys the situation because it helps her to relax and not to worry about stuff. She lets her dad to manage her business and she sings and dances.

  20. mln76 says:

    @bluhare technically speaking they can’t force her to medicate but both the court and I presume her family can make demands that she do so. She MAY have been advised that if she isn’t on medication she wouldn’t be able to see her children. And because she is under supervision therefore already considered legally incompetent it wouldn’t be that difficult for her family to have her committed.

  21. Jana says:

    @Sapphire, bingo. You hit the nail on the head. Her lawyers are no dummies and they are doing everything in their power to stall this scum of the earth. Whatever card they need to play, good for them. He is scum and she isn’t the first person he is accused of stalking and had a restraining order against him. He has no career, no life and now wants to humiliate Britney in a deposition. He is doing this for publicity and to probably use to keep selling stories to Radaronline, etc.

  22. sapphire says:

    @mnl76-she has a conservator, not a guardian. And since the children reside with her at least 50 % of the time, it isn’t visitation.

    The chick drives by herself, goes out by herself and even has money. I just don’t buy the prisoner of Zenda, forced meds etc scenario. Especially because what else is she going to do with her life? Move in with Jamie Lynn?

  23. mln76 says:

    @sapphire she does not have custody meaning she cannot make any legal decisions about her children and also must make support payments to K-Fed. She has joint physical custody but no legal say in her children’s life. Even the public court papers concerning the kids list the conservators and not Britney on them.

  24. fallen says:

    Didn’t he drug her? This needs to stop this guy is so crazy.

  25. Kimberly says:

    I’m sorry, but SOMETHING had to happen, besides drugs, in her life for her to be so broken.

  26. Amanda G says:

    I feel bad for the girl. It seems to me that she’d rather just drink Starbucks, be with her boys and hang out with her boyfriend. I don’t think she even wants to be an entertainer anymore….and frankly, she doesn’t need to be. She could have a nice retirement with all the money she has. Would anyone even miss her anyway? She doesn’t contribute anything to the music industry. Can’t sing, can’t dance (anymore), doesn’t write, doesn’t play an instrument, etc. Retire and be happy girl!

  27. Please be fair to Lufti. Though to say that Britney was insane for just shaving her hair, running around without wearing pants, or trying out a sexier style of vids is just reprehensible. Lots of skinheads , baldies and nudists around that are sane. The suit was just inappropriate as well and she should be rid of the influences from both parents and Lufti to make a new start on her own. Lufti could also train a new Britney of his own instead of wasting time here.

  28. thegorilla says:

    i don’t think he ever had a good reputation, and he seems to think people care about him, when really nobody does… and i had a person in my life that was an abusive predator type, and he really reminds me of him, so that’s not a good thing at all, just as isolating abusive bully trying to make someone feel like they are crazy and not worth anything, its sick – he should have to stay away from her forever.