Under her father’s care and control, Britney Spears now lives a protected life, her access even to telephones strictly restricted, people.com reports Jamie Spears as testifying in a court hearing Monday.
So when the 27-year-old pop star managed to get a prepaid cellphone recently, her security team confiscated it from her purse while she was at a dance practice. Confronted, she revealed the phone was given to her by someone during a hotel stay, the website reports.
And that person, she disclosed, got it from two men whom her father wants to keep permanently in the singer’s troubled past: Ex-manager Sam Lutfi and former boyfriend, paparazzo Adnan Ghalib.
Jamie Spears described the cellphone incident in testimony Monday in a Los Angeles court as he sought to maintain a restraining order against Lutfi, whom Jamie has claimed harassed Britney and has sought to undermine Jamie’s legal control over her life.
“When (Lutfi) was in so-called control, she’d lost everything — her kids and career,” Jamie said at the hearing. “I believe he’s a predator, I believe he’s very dangerous to her ... and causes her a lot of anguish and disbelief.”
In court papers, Lutfi 34, denies he’s been harassing Spears, countering that it’s been Spears reaching out to him — not the other way around — by sending him text messages even though court orders forbid her from doing so.
Lutfi does admit that he’s passed messages on to her through her hairdresser and others, including Ghalib, 36, but argues that the messages weren’t harmful in any way.
But Jamie Spears testified about a series of what he called threatening text messages he received last month from someone with the screen name “citygalin310,” who he was later “100 per cent” sure was Lutfi. Lutfi’s lawyer denied to People that Lutfi was the user of screen name.
Jamie also revealed why his daughter locked herself in a bathroom with son Jayden, leading to her first hospitalization last year.
“She was told by Lutfi she could have her children for another night,” Jamie said. But when a bodyguard for her ex-husband Kevin Federline arrived to get the children, “She didn’t want to let her kids go because she thought she could have them for another night,” Jamie said.
The hearing will resume today with more testimony from other witnesses.
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