Free Britney! Spears Released From Psych Ward

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Britney Spears has been quietly released from the psychiatric ward at UCLA Medical Center today after a week of treatment, the Los Angeles Times reports.

UCLA doctors determined Britney didn't pose legal danger to herself or to others such that they could continue to hold her against her will.

Unlike the spectacle surrounding her trip to the Westwood medical facility last week, she slipped out with relatively little fanfare.

A private security detail escorted her in contrast to last week when more than 10 LAPD officers escorted Spears to the hospital via motorcade.

She's back: Britney Spears was taken by ambulance to the hospital on Jan. 31, and was initially held there under a 72-hour psychiatric hold.

Under the treatment of her psychiatrist, Dr. Deborah Nadel, Spears' stay at UCLA was then extended to a 14-day hold as of Sunday.

Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, was granted temporary legal control over his daughter's affairs Friday, and the conservatorship giving him that power was extended this week to February 14 - following a brutal battle in court.

Court documents released late Tuesday reveal Jamie Spears' conversations with Britney in the hospital, and her mom Lynne Spears' claims that Britney's pal and supposed manager, Sam Lutfi, was abusing and drugging her.

Even with Britney Spears' release, the conservatorship remains in place. Sources close to the case said UCLA was likely release her before the 14-day extension as she became cooperative and relatively stable.

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