Archive for January, 2008

Britney Spent More Than Two Hours At Today's Deposition

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Britney Spears spent more than two hours at the Los Angeles office of Kevin Federline’s lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, Monday for an ongoing deposition in the ex-couple’s custody battle.

At 10:40 a.m., Spears, 26, wearing a dark blue top and jeans, drove up to the office in her white Mercedes-Benz SL65 with friend Sam Lutfi. Both had serious expressions on their faces. The singer was spotted leaving at 1:20 p.m.

The singer has missed numerous appointments for the court-ordered cross examination. She was expected to be grilled about her past drug and alcohol use, her apparent failure to follow court orders and other matters pertaining to her parenting skills.

Federline’s attorney will use evidence gathered in depositions to try to convince a court that his client should retain primary physical custody of the ex-couple’s children. A custody trial is set for April.

“Kevin wants nothing more than to be able to parent his children with participation by their mother,” Kaplan previously told PEOPLE. “But the best interest of the children require that they be in the most sound, safe, nurturing and consistent environment. That is paramount.”

On Jan. 3, Spears was deposed for only 14 minutes, after arriving one-and-a-half hours late. That night and into the next morning Spears had a four-hour standoff with police, ending with her brief hospitalization.

Last Monday, the singer lost all visitation rights to sons Preston, 2, and Jayden 1, indefinitely after she showed up for a hearing, then left without entering the courthouse.

Source: People Magazine

Britney Rehearsing "Hot As Ice" Routine At Millenium

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With pup London in hand, Britney Spears headed to the Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood on Sunday night to work on a new routine, owner Robert Baker tells PEOPLE.

“She is working on the choreography for her song ‘Hot as Ice,'” Baker said, “She rehearsed an amazing routine with a chair.”

The intense dance session wrapped up a characteristically bizarre weekend, during which Spears invited two photographers back to her home for some late-night champagne. “She was very sweet,” said one of the photographers, adding that Spears pal Sam Lutfi claimed to have “filed a restraining order” against Adnan Ghalib.

Ghalib, the paparazzo who has been Spears’s near-constant companion in recent weeks, shot back, “I am only now becoming aware of what is being said. I hope to be back home in Los Angeles soon and to be in contact with Miss Spears.” (The L.A. police and sheriff’s departments both said no emergency protective order had been issued.)

Spears, 26 – who also dropped by PetCo Sunday afternoon, picking up a birdcage and some dog food – spent nearly three hours working on her moves at Millennium. She emerged at 9:30 p.m. in a white top and Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses, chatting with paparazzi and requesting the presence of Filipe, one of the photographers who had been at her home earlier.

“Britney was in an upbeat mood,” Baker said, adding that despite the impressive workout, the singer still seemed slightly scatterbrained. “I let her use my personal copy of Blackout. She forgot her own CD.”

Source: People Magazine

Britney Dumps Adnan; Invites More Paparazzi Into Home

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Britney Spears’s photographer boyfriend, Adnan Ghalib, was surprised to learn of rumors that the pop star has requested a restraining order against him.

“All I can say is that I have not been in contact with Britney since early Friday morning,” Ghalib says in a message posted on the Web site of his employer, FinalPixx. “The reason being, that I have has to attend a family funeral in Santa Barbara. My phone has been off during this time out of respect for my family. I am only now becoming aware of what is being said. I hope to be back home in Los Angeles soon and to be in contact with Miss Spears.”

The news of a the supposed restraining order came from two paparazzi who were invited into Spears’s home at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday, and spent several hours with the singer and her longtime friend Sam Lutfi.

According to one of the photographers, Lutfi said that they’d filed a request for a restraining order against Ghalib because they want him “out of Britney’s life.”

“Britney asked us to leave the cameras in the car, and? she poured some champagne for us. She was very sweet,” said one of the photographers. “Sam was telling us to not worry about Adnan because they have filed a restraining order against ?him.”

The Los Angeles police department says they are “not aware” of any emergency protective orders issued against Ghalib. The L.A. Sheriff’s department also says no order was issued.

Source: People Magazine

Dr Phil "Regrets" Talking Publically About Britney

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Dr. Phil McGraw spends his days telling people how to fix their lives. This time, he admits, he’s the one who got it wrong.

Earlier this month, the tough-loving talk show host sped to Britney Spears’s bedside at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after her family requested his help. After their brief visit – prompted by Spears’s Jan. 4 meltdown – McGraw gave a statement to Entertainment Tonight, saying that the 26-year-old singer was in “dire need of both medical and psychological intervention.”

“Was it helpful to the situation? Regrettably, no,” McGraw, 57, said Thursday during a taping of the Dr. Phil Show, reports USA Today. (The show is slated to air Monday.) “I definitely think if I had it to do over again, I probably wouldn’t make any statement at all. Period.”

The TV doc did, however, make it clear that he only regrets speaking out – not his attempts to help the increasingly erratic popstar. (McGraw originally planned to dedicate a show to Spears, but scrapped the idea, calling the situation “too intense.”)

McGraw told USA Today that he visited Spears as “a friend and ally of the family,” not as a psychologist. (He is not licensed in California, notes the paper.)

So would he make the same visit again, knowing the controversy it’s caused? Yes, he said. “How could you not?”

Source: People Magazine

People: Britney Lapses Into A British Accent

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Britney Spears has a new accessory to go with her pink wig: a British accent.

In the last several weeks, Spears, 26, has been videotaped numerous times trading her Louisiana twang for U.K. inflections.
“She had the English accent thing going the whole time” while shopping at Kitson last Thursday, according to a source. “It didn’t stop.”

Even when angry, the accent appears. On an L.A. shopping trip to Macy’s on Jan. 13, she screamed at the paparazzi, “Get out of my G—— face!” – in a British accent.

So is it all in fun or has she flipped her pink wig?

“When someone has dissociative identity disorder” – formerly known as multiple personality disorder – “each identity is split off from the other,” says L.A. psychologist Renee A. Cohen, who is not treating Spears. “Each identity would have its own name, memories, behavioral traits and emotional characteristics.”

Cohen says the critical question is: “When Britney uses the British accent, or appears to take on another identity, does she know she’s Britney Spears?”

“Otherwise, she could simply be behaving this way for attention, for sympathy, or any other reason,” adds Cohen. “It’s foolish to attempt to diagnose her without a formal evaluation.”

One possible influence could be Spears’s maternal grandmother, Lilian Bridges, who was originally from England.

Also, Spears’s new beau, photographer Adnan Ghalib, grew up in Birmingham, England.

According to paparazzi who trail the singer around the clock, one thing is for sure: the pink wig means something’s changing.

“When she puts on the pink wig, you just know something crazy is about to happen,” said one paparazzo.

Source: People Magazine

Four Paparazzi Arrested For Chasing Britney Recklessly

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Four paparazzi have been arrested for reckless driving while chasing Britney Spears’ car in the San Fernando Valley.

Los Angeles police Lt. Mario Munoz said officers observed several cars following a white Mercedes-Benz around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in Mission Hills.

The cars were following Spears’ car too closely and traveling at unsafe speed. They also made several unsafe lane changes, authorities said.

Munoz said officers stopped the Mercedes, interviewed Spears and released the 26-year-old pop star after verifying her driver’s license.

But the four photographers in the cars chasing her were booked for investigation of reckless driving.

Source: Yahoo! Music

Britney was also pulled over last night for driving at 100mph through a residential area.  The police let her off without a ticket…

Britney To Host Another Scandinavian Style Mansion Event

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Britney Spears will host a party, The Scandinavian Style Mansion, at a private residence in Beverly Hills on Feb. 16, PEOPLE has learned.

Britney last hosted the event – at which Scandinavian brands are showcased – on Dec. 1. At that party, she was presented with a birthday cake and bumped into her one-time BFF Paris Hilton.

“Britney has said ‘yes,’ to hosting it,” Claus Hjelmbak, the Danish businessman who founded the event, tells PEOPLE. “I am beyond excited because the experience she gave everyone in December was amazing. She absolutely made my event.”

Hjelmbak, who was at Spears’s side when she and Sam Lutfi went on an early morning shopping spree Jan. 17 at Kitson in L.A., told PEOPLE of the outing: “I know people will say it’s weird she was shopping at 2 a.m., but [Kitson] said you guys can always come when you want. I just called the owner and said can we come over and they said ‘sure.'”

Hjelmbak also has kind words for Lutfi, saying, “He’s the most down-to-earth, easy-going guy. He doesn’t have a bad bone in his body.” As for Adnan Ghalib, he said, “I don’t know him.”

As for online reports claiming Spears has multiple personalities, Hjelmbak, who first met Britney in 2006, says, “I have only seen one person and that’s the Britney I first met and seen every time. She’s a very sweet person.”

Source: People Magazine

Britney: "Get Out, I'm Naked!"

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During a strange radio interview with one of Britney Spears’s friends on Thursday, the pop singer’s voice suddenly came on the line, speaking from the shower.

“Get out, I’m naked, get out!” Spears is heard telling pal Sam Lutfi as he carries the phone toward her during an interview from her house with KIIS-FM’s Ryan Seacrest.

When Lutfi asks why she’s taking a shower, Spears replies: “I stink, ’cause I’m a human being. Shut the door, I’m nasty!”

The latest bizarre episode came as Lutfi was knocking down recent rumors about the pop star, including reports she’s trying to have a baby. Word of that started when she was seen shopping for a home pregnancy test with her paparazzo pal Adnan Ghalib.

“I don’t know if they even bought one,” Lutfi said. “I think they were just [expletive] around.”

Lutfi said she doesn’t want to get pregnant. “No, no, no, no, no, no,” he said. “No, not at all.” Asked if she plans to marry Ghalib, Lutfi said: “No, that’s not true.”
A recent addition to the Britney entourage, a friend of Lutfi’s named Chad Hardcastle, also got on the phone to explain the impetus for their after-hours shopping trip to the Kitson boutique in West Hollywood early Thursday morning.

“Boredom,” said Hardcastle.

Asked where Hardcastle fit into Spears’s world, he said, “I’m still trying to figure it out myself, man. I don’t really know.”

Source: People Magazine

Alli Sims Talks To Us Weekly About Britney

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Britney Spears’ cousin and former assistant Alli Sims says the troubled pop star is “not crazy,” but she’s worried about the singer’s new beau, paparazzo Adnan Ghalib.

Despite paid offers to dish on Spears, Sims has stayed out of the fray. She has never commented on the singer before and wants it known she was not paid to talk. She breaks her silence to Us Weekly in its latest issue, on newsstands now.

“I do not think Adnan is a good person,” Sims, 26, tells Us. “I think he only has bad intentions. He has given me a weird feeling and creeped me out. I wish he would just go away.”

“When you go through your whole life just listening to what everybody tells you to do, you get to the point where you’re not used to having to pick out yourself what is really important,” she tells Us of her relationship with Spears and her adviser Sam Lutfi.

Sims is adamant that Spears was not on drugs before she was hospitalized on Jan. 3. “I do not think that is the issue at all,” she tells Us. “I was with her for eight months pretty much every day and never witnessed anything like that – and I lived there.” (Sims was not with Spears during her meltdown, despite reports otherwise.)

The aspiring singer says Spears “adores” her two children and is simply upset and sad by her custody situation. “I wish people would give her a break and lay off her,” she adds.

Check out the latest issue of Us Weekly for more on Sims’ life with Spears and what she thinks of Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy.

Source: Us Weekly