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Is Britney Spears Crazy on Not? The Battle Over Her Sanity

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Remember when Britney Spears used to walk around in bare feet, eating Cheetos and shaving her head?

Yeah, those were sad times.

These days, the “Toxic” singer is back on top, but one bit of her past just won’t go away—the singer’s ex-manager Sam Lutfi. We already knew he filed a defamation lawsuit against Spears and her parents Lynne and Jamie, claiming they ruined him with claims he drugged and harassed the singer during her breakdown.

But now Lutfi, who is still under a restraining order to stay away from Spears, wants her to testify. But her parents are claiming she’s “mentally incapable” of doing so.

So what’s he planning to do?

MORE: Read the court docs here

Lutfi filed a motion last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court, insisting Spears is well enough to testify when it goes to trial.

Lufti hired expert witness Joshua Pretsky, an assistant professor of psychiatry at UCLA, to break down the pop star’s recent behavior, most notably take notes on her world tour, an interview with Ryan Seacrest and an MTV documentary she starred in.

And guess what? Based on those factors, Pretsky told the court that she seems more than capable of testifying in the case.

“In the Ryan Seacrest interview, which was recorded approximately two months ago, Britney Spears is interviewed at length, and she responds logically and coherently to questions, evidencing logical thinking and mental competency,” the witness states.

“In my opinion, there is good cause to conduct an independent medical examination to investigate the conservators’ claim that Ms. Spears is not capable of testifying, and the claim that she was not mentally competent to enter into a binding contract…”

According to his lawsuit, Lufti is asking the court to conduct the examination, but her parents will not produce her for a deposition on the grounds that she is “mentally incapable.”

The ex-manager is asking that a doctor conduct a three- to five-hour interview with the singer to determine her mental state, and he is also asking for access to her medical records.

Spears’ mom had detailed her daughter’s time with Lutfi in the memoir, Through the Storm, claiming Lutfi drugged her daughter, cut off her phones and manipulated her before he got the ax.

For his part, Lutfi claims the singer’s life was a wreck before he ever entered the picture, is still battling after an appeals court refused to toss the suit last November.

When you consider all this, maybe things still are a little sad for Britney.

MORE: Britney’s road from American tragedy to comeback queen

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Written by Technologyboost

May 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm

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Battle of the Brits: Piers Morgan Takes on…Hugh Grant?!

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Piers Morgan, Hugh Grant Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images; Jim Spellman/WireImage

Piers Morgan is at it again: piggybacking on the press of an A-lister in order to boost his own profile.


We mean: banning from his show a celebrity who most likely never had any intention of appearing on the program to begin with.

Well, at least Hugh Grant is in good company (hi, Madonna!).

Larry King‘s replacement took to Twitter this morning to lash out against the charming big screen bumbler extraordinaire after Grant appeared on a British radio program and dared to say that—horror of horrors—the paparazzi and tabloid press aren’t exactly doing the Lord’s work.

“The tabloid press is completely unnecessary,” Grant told BBC Radio host Richard Bacon. “We don’t need them, we don’t want them, and the sooner they go out of business the better.”

Hardly a shocking or controversial stance for a celebrity to take, particularly one who’s had his share of ups and downs with the press. And even less surprising as the declaration came in the midst of a conversation about the News of the World‘s Scotland Yard-investigating, lawsuit-resulting, widespread privacy-breaching (and all around creepy) phone hacking scandal. Grant is among those stars allegedly victimized.

But apparently the declaration got Morgan so hot under the collar that he felt the need to tweet this pronouncement:

“Listening to Bishop Hugh Grant telling @richardbacon he wants popular newspapers eradicated. I feel the same about his crap movies.”

If only he would’ve stopped there. It might’ve been point Piers! Instead, proving himself to be the Donald Trump of cable and therefore unable to quit while he was (slightly) ahead, Morgan continued on.

(Now would be a good time to point out that Piers’ anger no doubt stemmed from the fact that before he fashioned himself into a reality show judge and newsman, he was public enemy No. 1 in Britain, as editor of such reputable publications as News of the World and the Daily Mirror.)

“Hugh Grant is now banned, in perpetuity, from @PiersTonight and Life Stories,” Morgan tweeted on, referencing his U.K. interview show. “And anything else I ever do. Tedious little man.”

There’s something tedious about this situation all right, but we don’t think Hugh’s to blame.

In any case, we’re sure Grant will be just crushed to hear that he can’t appear on Morgan’s shows. Just as soon as someone explains to him that they exist.

MORE: Hey, did you hear that Hugh was thisclose to taking over for Charlie Sheen?!

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May 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

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