The Britney Spears Meltdown: A Timeline of Events

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Because Britney Spears' epic meltdown is so incredible, and so hard to follow, The Hollywood Gossip has compiled a timeline of events. All times are PST. Let's begin with her court deposition yesterday (Thursday) morning.

9:30 a.m.: Britney is scheduled to arrive for a two-hour court deposition with Kevin Federline's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, in her custody case.

11:15 a.m.: Spears shows up (below), just in time to peace out after a brutal 12-minute session as time conveniently expired. Kaplan? Not thrilled.

12:10 p.m.: Britney arrives at her Beverly Hills home with Sean Preston and Jayden James, with whom she has visitation rights for the day.

7:00 p.m.: Britney Spears is scheduled to turn Sean Preston and Jayden James over to Kevin Federline. This deadline comes and goes.

8:00 p.m.: After Spears will not relent, the LAPD confirms that a call came in and officers were dispatched to resolve the custody dispute.

9:00 p.m.: Mark Vincent Kaplan is seen leaving Britney Spears' home.

10:50 p.m.: The fire department, ambulances and a police chopper arrive on the scene. LAPD Officer Jason Lee says, "The officers are still there. They are trying to resolve this peacefully and legally, according to the court order. They've been there since 8 p.m. and it is in regards to Britney Spears' custody battle."

11:05 p.m.: Determining that Spears is under the influence of a controlled substance, paramedics take a gurney and a backboard into her home.

11:25 p.m.
: An ambulance arrives and parks behind Brit's car (above, left).

11:50 p.m.: An ambulance (above, right) carrying Spears and other vehicles leave the scene; Sean Preston and Jayden James are in Federline's custody.

12:40 a.m.: Spears is wheeled on a stretcher into Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Police erect screens to shield her from celebrity gossip photographers; Kevin Federline and Spears' pal, Sam Lutfi (above), soon arrive separately. Around time of Britney's arrival, Jayden James is carried into the emergency room by an officer while sucking on a pacifier. It is not known why Jayden was examined.

1:10 a.m.: Jamie Spears (below), Britney's father, arrives at Cedars Sinai.

3:45 a.m.: Cedars source confirms that Britney Spears is hospitalized and remains under close observation as a "special needs" patient.

4:00 a.m.: Jayden James and Sean Preston are formally released from the hospital under the care of Kevin Federline.

8:30 a.m.: As more information on Spears' condition becomes known, Kevin Federline appears in court in an emergency custody hearing.

Stay tuned for more developments!


I think people should just keep out of her business. Its only making matters worse. Think of her children and family. It obvious that she needs help so why doesnt everybody including the press back off and leave her to get on with her life.


Looks to me like someone is in troooooooouble. Wanna see where her house is...I is where the standoff went down wont have that fancy house long if she keeps all this crap up.




It took them HOURS to get her into an ambulance? WTF happened during the standoff!?


Hmmmm. Notice the 7-hour gap in that timelien? How many drugs do you think she pumped into her system during that time!?


Britney Spears Biography

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Full Name
Britney Jean Spears

Britney Spears Quotes

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Britney Spears [on New York City]

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