Archive for January, 2008

Kevin's Lawyer: "Britney's Deposition Is 'Slow Going'"

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Britney Spears’s deposition is “slow going,” and could drag on for multiple sessions, concedes Kevin Federline’s lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan.

Asked if the deposition could last five or more sessions, Kaplan replied, “It wouldn’t surprise me.” The attorney, who happened to run into a PEOPLE reporter Wednesday, added, “There are many areas that I have not yet explored.”

Spears, 26, has been cross examined for a total of one hour over two sessions. (She has been late to both.)

As of the second session Monday, Kaplan said he’d only completed “two percent” of his questioning, which Spears must answer while under oath. Spears’s first session lasted a mere 14 minutes, and occurred just hours before her infamous Jan. 3 meltdown.

The lawyer, who could not reveal specifics, is likely grilling the pop star about past drug and alcohol use, her failure to follow court orders, and anything else that pertains to her parenting. (The questioning lays the groundwork for the Spears-Federline custody trial scheduled for April.)

On Thursday, Kaplan also began deposing Spears confidante Sam Lutfi, who had evaded the sit-down for months.

Source: People Magazine

Basshunter Wants To Share His #1 Position With Britney

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Swedish dance star Basshunter has revealed to 4Music that he is willing to share his current number one place in the singles chart with Britney Spears to cheer her up.

The ‘Now You’re Gone’ star, 23, who held hotly-tipped newcomer Adele of the top spot last Sunday, told us that he’d happily let Britney reign with him if it would make her feel better.

“Leave Britney alone! She is having a little rough time and I’ve been telling my fans on my homepage to go into her homepage or her MySpace and just write her a nice message,” said Basshunter, real name Jonas Erik Altberg.

“Just a nice ‘hope you’re feeling better’ or ‘big love from the Basshunter fans’. I am willing to share the number one spot with her. She’s just a sweet, innocent girl who got seduced by the big trappings of fame.”

Source: 4Music

As you may remember, he was #1 last week when “Piece Of Me” entered at #2 in the UK singles chart.

Britney Refuses To Pay $3,000 Hit & Run Fine

Written by admin. Posted in Legal Matters, Personal Issues

The judge in Britney Spears’ other court case — the one for driving without a valid license back in August — continued the case today for the last time. Superior Court Judge T.K Herman said if the legal matter is not resolved by February 20, it will go to trial.

TMZ has learned both sides are still working out a deal. We’re told prosecutors wanted to put Brit on 12 months probation, but agreed to let go of probation if she agreed to pay the maximum fine of $3,000. Brit’s lawyer, Michael Flanagan, won’t accept those terms and wants the misdemeanor charge lowered to a fix-it ticket.

Source: TMZ

No Change In Visitation After Today's Custody Hearing

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Britney Spears was not granted visitation rights with her two sons after the singer arrived for a custody hearing Wednesday – then left the courthouse before it began.

“The hearing is over. The previous custody orders – in which Ms Spears has no visitation – have not changed,” court rep Allan Parachini said Wednesday.

“Both sides were heard in court. Notice was taken of Ms. Spears’s absence by the court,” he continued. “She arrived at the courthouse, but (shortly afterward) indicated that she wanted to leave. [Kevin Federline] did answer some questions posed by (Commissioner Scott Gordon).”

Attorney’s for Spears had been seeking visitation rights for the singer.

The emergency hearing, which the pop singer had requested, was a replay of last week’s hearing, when Spears showed up at the courthouse only to depart, missing a session in which she lost all access to sons Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1.

Neither Spears nor her ex-husband Kevin Federline is required to attend the hearings.

Spears and Federline arrived separately at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse Wednesday morning. Federline was seen entering the courtroom, but a court spokesman said Spears had left in a silver Mercedes.

Spears, 26, lost visitation rights indefinitely following her brief hospitalization earlier this month after a four-hour custody standoff involving police.

On Monday, she was questioned for 45 minutes by Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan in what the lawyer called a “gut-wrenching” deposition.

Source: People Magazine

Adnan Says Britney Isn't Crazy & That He Would Marry Her

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The same day that is wife filed for separation, photogapher Adnan Ghalib took to the airways Tuesday to discuss his relationship with Britney Spears.

Despite reports of a split – and seemingly false claims that Spears had taken out a restraining order against him – Ghalib told Entertainment Tonight and The Insider that the relationship is “far from over.” (Indeed, the two were spotted together that night.)

He also insisted that he wasn’t paid for the two-part interview and that he didn’t get involved with Spears as a way to sell pictures. “No, never,” he said. “In time I think people will understand that.”

Asked if he wants to marry Spears, the paparazzo, 35, responded, “I’d be lying if I said no.”

Ghalib – who said their relationship “turned romantic” before Christmas – also took the opportunity to weigh in on the series of scandals that have plagued the pop star, 26, in recent weeks.

On her hospitalization following a Jan. 3 standoff with police: “She didn’t understand why she was taken to the hospital,” he said. “She didn’t feel the need to be there.” As for the photographs of Spears laughing as she was wheeled out on a gurney, “I think she was just afraid of what was going to happen. It doesn’t mean you are crazy.”

On Spears being photographed buying a pregnancy test: “She has a very maternal instinct,” Ghalib said of their recent Rite Aid run. (Photos of the trip were sold by his own photo agency, FinalPixx.) “She was feeling a lot of things she said she felt when she was pregnant. I think she was hoping she was pregnant with my child.”

On losing visitation rights with her kids Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1: “Her primary focus is on re-establishing a relationship with [them],” he said. “She doesn’t talk about a strategy to get them back. That’s something that’s very private to her. She loves those kids – it pains her a lot “

On Britney’s mental state: “She is not crazy at all,” he said, despite reports claiming that she is bipolar and has suffered from postpartum depression. (Some have even suggested she may have multiple personalities.) He also dismissed talk that Spears wrote a suicide note before her January meltdown. “She never has suicidal tendencies,” he said. “You’ve got to understand the love she has for her kids outweighs anything else.”

Source: People Magazine

Britney Meets Up With Adnan…

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After suffering a temporary memory lapse yesterday, Britney apparently remembered her paparazzo boyfriend, Adnan Ghalib. At least long enough to meet him at Taverna Tony’s in Malibu around 5:30 this evening.

The two only stayed about 10 minutes and then got into one of their cars and hit the road, a source tells E! Online.

(Which just goes to show, you can’t trust British Brit—she’s the naughty one who told photographers she’d never heard of the FinalPixx cameraman.)

From there, the night reportedly took a wild turn. According to X17 (big grain of salt since it’s a rival photo agency), Adnan was driving Britney’s white Mercedes on Sunset Boulevard when he accidentally clipped a motorcycle. He allegedly yelled at the stunned biker before speeding away.

And if that wasn’t enough craziness for one day, news surfaced that Adnan’s wife filed for a legal separation on January 18. Plus, the first of several Entertainment Tonight interviews with Adnan (unpaid, he swears) hit YouTube.

Source: E! Online

Kevin's Lawyer Talks About Britney's Deposition

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Britney Spears’s deposition at the hands of Kevin Federline lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan has been an emotionally difficult experience that has only just begun, Kaplan tells PEOPLE.

“We are going over things that are very, very gut-wrenching,” Kaplan said Monday night, speaking outside of Katsuya restaurant in Brentwood. He declined to discuss specifics of the questioning, but said, “Just to revisit them even in your own mind would not be pleasurable.”

“It’s not something anyone would enjoy,” he says.

Spear has a spotty record with past deposition dates in the custody case, missing numerous appointments and sitting for only 14 minutes on Jan. 3. Kaplan is expected to be grilling Spears, 26, about past drug and alcohol use, her failure to comply with court orders and any other subject relating to her fitness as a parent.

After a meltdown and brief forced hospitalization, Spears lost visitation rights with sons Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1. Ex-husband Federline, 29, has sole legal and physical custody.

Even Monday’s session was in doubt.

“She was about 50 minutes late,” he says. “After an hour I would have been over it. I was prepared to terminate had she not showed at that time.”

Spears was spotted biting her fingernails when arriving to Kaplan’s Century City Plaza office. After spending more than two hours there, Spears appeared tense and lit up a cigarette behind the wheel of her Mercedes before driving through Beverly Hills listening to Madonna on the stereo.

The deposition on a national holiday Monday was booked after the shortened deposition on Jan. 3. The holiday booking was done to accommodate busy lawyer schedules, says Kaplan, and it “did dovetail into allowing this to be a low-profile appearance.”

Kaplan says there will further depositions in the unspecified future, claiming that he has only worked through “2 percent” of his questions.

“There is a lot of work to be done,” he says. But he adds he was heartened by the idea of even having the meeting in the first place.

“She came for her deposition, that’s great,” says Kaplan. “Showing up is form over substance.”

Source: People Magazine

Britney Preparing To Shoot A Music Video For "Hot As Ice"

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At Saturday’s champagne party (when Britney invited the paparazzi into her house), Brit revealed to our two photogs that she’s preparing to shoot a new video for her next single, Hot as Ice and that she wants it to be “something new” and fresh!

“I don’t like the Piece of Me video,” Brit said to our photogs. “The stuff they show of me on TV looks old.”

Brit’s displeasure with how her last video came off could be one of the reasons she’s decided to take control and go back into the dance studio Sunday.

So what can we expect for the next video?

“I wanna do something new, something really cool,” Brit announced to the group.

We can’t wait to see what she’s got in store!

Source: X17