Britney Spears’ former boyfriend, paparazzo Adnan Ghalib, testifies for Sam Lutfi

Back in late 2007 and early 2008, when Britney Spears was wandering around, driving aimlessly and talking in a British accent, she dated a slimy British paparazzo named Adnan Ghalib. Britney dated Adnan before, and after, her breakdown. We heard that Adnan was married, that he was setting up Britney to be stalked by his paparazzi buddies, and that he’d even made a sex tape with her, which he confirmed existed and was allegedly hoping to make millions off of. Thankfully that never surfaced, but enough details came out about the guy to suggest that he was using Britney and he wasn’t good for her.

Fast forward to now, and Ghalib is now a witness in the defamation trial against Britney’s family by another creepy guy who was using her at the time, Sam Lutfi. As we’ve heard, Lutfi maintains that Britney’s family smeared him so that he would take the fall for her breakdown. He claims that he was Britney’s “manager” back then and that they still owe him millions of dollars, of course. Ghalib testified on Lutfi’s behalf and claimed that Britney’s mom told him to blame Lutfi for her daughter’s problems. Here’s more, thanks to People:

Another familiar face from Britney Spears’s chaotic past surfaced in court Tuesday: Adnan Ghalib, the paparazzo she once dated as her life unraveled in 2008.

Wearing a black suit and his trademark landing-strip goatee, Ghalib, 40, testified in a posh British accent that his relationship with the pop star changed from work-related to romantic beginning in December 2007.

Asked how often he was with Spears, he quietly replied, “Daily. I was there everyday.”

Ghalib, who was subpoenaed to appear in the case, denied he ever saw Spears’s former pal Sam Lutfi hide cell phones from the singer or withhold access to her dog, London.

Instead, Ghalib alleged that Spears’s mom Lynne once tried to coerce him.

“She requested that I say [to the media] Sam Lutfi was responsible for Britney Spears’s behavior,” he said.

Under cross-examination, Ghalib confirmed that he bought a disposable cell phone at Lutfi’s request to be smuggled to the singer in mid-2008, months after her father obtained legal control over her.

Ghalib also admitted that a judge ordered him to stay away from Spears for three years and was once arrested while evading a process server in the case.

Lutfi’s case against the Spears family is expected to wrap Tuesday, and the singer’s legal team will begin their defense. Lutfi is suing the singer for unpaid fees, Jamie Spears for allegedly punching him, and Lynne Spears for purportedly defaming him in her 2008 book.

[From People]

The part about Ghalib and Lutfi sneaking Britney a disposable cell phone is interesting, because we heard about it back in early 2009 and now we know it was true. That was part of the reason why Britney’s conservators got restraining orders for her against both Lutfi and Ghalib for three years, both of which have since expired. Ghalib and Lutfi were working together, so of course they’re going to back each other’s side of the story. I have no doubt that Lutfi was using Britney and that Lynn Spears was telling the truth when she claimed that Lutfi drugged her daughter and bragged about it. Ghalib was using Britney too, and he’s not above lying for his friend if there’s some money in it for him. Lutfi doesn’t deserve a cent, and I’m surprised that this has even gone to trial. To me this shows how adamant Britney’s people are that Lutfi doesn’t have a case – they refused to settle even though they knew what bad publicity it would be to take this to court.

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  1. muffin says:

    so nostalgic to see britney’s “brown boots of mental illness” !!

    she looks awful in recent pics. poor girl.

  2. o says:

    She really was a mess back then.
    Here’s hoping that she’s now in a calmer, better, safer place. For real this time.

  3. NerdMomma says:

    I sincerely hope these jerks get absolutely nothing, and are left with nothing but huge legal bills. What awful people.

  4. Lauren says:

    I hope that after this is all over with her team turns around and sues Lufti for legal fees. They’ll probably never see the money though. The fact that he’s now hanging out with Courtney Love says doesn’t help him at all. It’s amazing to see how much she’s changed over the last few years. There was a time I thought she wouldn’t be around. People can say what they want to about her parents but if it weren’t for them she would probably be dead now. The last few times I’ve seen pictures of her and seen her on TV she seems to have life in her eyes again. I really do think that she’s in such a good spot right now and wish her nothing but the best.

  5. mk yarwood says:

    I reeeeeeeally don’t think she should married her groomed conservator.

  6. SmokeyBlues says:

    It’s awful to remember when she was so obviously ill and surrounded by these users. I’m glad it’s over and they should really just be hiding their landing strip goatees in shame!

  7. Eleonor says:

    A lot of people say she’s the cash cow, and that’s why her father made the intervention.BUT if he didn’t she could have ended like Michael Jackson, drugged in the hands of her enablers. Like it or not, she is better now, than in 2007/8.

  8. grabbyhands says:

    God, I forgot about the brown boots. All the judge has to do is look at that last snap of him wearing his Ed Hardy douchebag uniform to know he can’t be trusted.

    But seriously-this is who Lufti calls as a witness? How is he supposed to have any credibility? I know the California legal system is lax in doing the right thing, but if there’s any justice, these two idiots will be paying obscene legal bills for the rest of their lives and they won’t be able to talk to or about her ever again.

  9. AlexandraJane says:

    That picture of him holding her wrist like a errant child is disturbing.

  10. tru tru says:

    they all are users including her family, its sad.

    no matter how they pose her, I’ll never beleive she is happy now either.

    she’s still drugged, its just legal drugs now.

    she now looks like if she thought she could get away, she’d run, especially on that show, smdh.

    • Bodhi says:

      Yes, but legal medications prescribed by doctors & taken under their care are far better, not to mention safer, than whatever the hell it was that she was on then

  11. Karen says:

    This actually made me feel bad for Britney, I had forgotten how sick she was. I do think that she probably suffers from mental illness (bipolar?), and she most definitely seems to be in a better headspace now. Side note: who would’ve thought that K-Fed would actually turn out to be not that bad considering everything.

    • anon says:

      Yeah, considering that him or his buddies sold or leaked videos of Britney smoking weed (was there more than one? I dunno) while they were still together.

  12. Micki says:

    When I read about her I feel pity, mixed with disgust.
    I hope she finds her way healthier life.

  13. Mar says:

    That Sam Lufti person looks like a sociopath.

  14. Anmelt says:

    His facial landing strip. Yich.

  15. Nan209 says:

    Two creepers that deserve to get their @sses handed to them in court.

    I surprised a lawyer would even touch their case. There is such a slim chance of winning and if they lose Lufti won’t pay his legal bills.

  16. Cirque28 says:

    Lutfi seems like a vengeful little opportunist who knows he doesn’t have a case and figures embarrassing Britney is almost as good as winning. What a disgusting nuisance lawsuit.

    Of course slimy Ghalib is going to back his pal’s story. It’s like Ghalib and Lutfi forged a lottery ticket together and now they’re doing anything they can to cash it in.

  17. TG says:

    I have never had anything good to say about Britney but reading about this trial I keep reminding myself that Lufti is the plaintiff. How the heck is he not the one on trial? No one has anything good to say about him and he admitted to crushing up her pills and putting them in her drink. Isn’t that illegal? They need to throw this guy in a cell and throw away the key.

    • Bodhi says:

      Oh Britney’s legal team will bring it up for sure. They are going to turn all of this around on Lufti & hang him out to dry

  18. Sisi says:

    weren’t there stories that she almost went broke in the period Lufti and Ghalib were in her life? On that part alone they don’t deserve a dime (ya know, aside from the obvious proof that they are pieces of Sh#t)

  19. midnightmoon says:

    just check out youtube. britney actually says she is a prisoner and dan’t escape. the british accent, walking around with downcast eyes led by the arm like a child, being sent around the world on a tour when mentally ill. this is a slave. horrible. in what world is it right or ok to allow a person under conservatorship to marry her conservator???? i am horrified and disgusted.

    • Djinn says:

      I’m with you, if someone is so ill they need others managing every aspect of her life then she is not capable of giving consent to marry. That she is marrying her conservator is beyond wrong. Her parents have essentially replaced Lufti with a more acceptable version.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Britney being in a conservatorship now is infintely better than where she was. Without her parents and fiance helping her she would be right back in the hands of the opportunists who had control of her before the conservatorship, where she would no doubt be dead by now. So I guess I don’t agree that this is the worst thing for her. Looks like she is loved and cared for now, and that her mental problems will likely necessitate her being looked out for for years to come.

      • Ruby Red Lips says:

        I agree, we don’t know the true extent of Britney’s mental health disorders – she may never be capable again of being in control of her whole life.

        The fact that the conservatorship is still in place speaks volumes. Being married to someone who is looking out for her and ensuring she can live her life in the healthiest and best way possible is no bad thing.

        I can’t imagine where or how Britney would be w/o this consevatorship, she always looks pretty drugged up now, so there are obv very major issues that she is dealing with. I doubt we’ll ever know either.

  20. Tansey says:

    I’m not a fan of Britney (pop music was never my thing) but I really hate that she’s had such a rough life. I hope this lawsuit goes in her favor and that she’s able to have a nice life.

  21. nate says:

    didn’t she lose half of her fortune with lufti lutfi (i don’t even want to learn this jerk’s name) as her “manager”? so that’s why she had to do circus tour?

  22. Joanna says:

    these two scumbags sticking up for each other disgusts me. sad that there’s such fing disgusting people in this world. go brit brit! i hope her team takes these two scumbags down big-time.