Britney Spears’ former manager Sam Lutfi is suing the singer and her parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, for defamation and breach of contract, L.A. court documents show, people.com reports.
In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Lutfi is also claiming libel, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. “Jamie and Lynne launched a campaign of lies and intimidation designed to destroy Lutfi and drive him out of Britney’s life,” the papers read.
“This campaign also provided Jamie with the opportunity he needed to obtain an appointment as Britney’s conservator.”
Additionally, the lawsuit alleges: “Despite seemingly accomplishing their objectives, Jamie and Lynne have nevertheless continued their smear campaign against Lutfi. Thus, having no other alternative, Lutfi brings this action to defend himself against Jamie’s and Lynne’s persistent attacks.”
Last Friday, Britney’s father obtained a new restraining order against Lutfi, accusing him of harassing the Spears family.
Lutfi, who says he became Spears’ manager after the two met in an L.A. nightclub in 2007, claims his reputation was damaged by Lynne Spears’ book, Through the Storm, in which she makes allegations about Lutfi’s control over her daughter. He calls the allegations “lies and fabrication.”
Lutfi’s attorney, Bryan J. Freedman said in a statement Tuesday that there is “overwhelming evidence from independent witnesses” proving his client’s case and that “at the time of the trial in this action, the jury will have an opportunity to weigh the credibility of the witnesses.”
Lawyers for Jamie Spears weren’t immediately available for comment.
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