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A Los Angeles courtroom heard testimony yesterday on whether or not to extend the restraining orders barring her former manager and sidekick Sam Lutfi and other past hangers-on from having contacts with troubled star Britney Spears.

Attorney John Anderson took the stand and told Superior Court Commissioner Aviva K. Bobb that he was asked to represent the pop star in a battle to free her from the conservatorship controlled by her father, Jamie Spears.

"A person who purported to be Sam Lutfi told me that all of Britney Spears' phone rights were cut off," he said, adding that he was also told that the mother of two was under tight control by her father and virtually "in prison."

John Anderson - who may or may not be the recipient of the leaked voicemail circulating this week - testified that he drew up papers to be retained as counsel and in turn received copies back allegedly signed by Britney Spears herself.

He said he was made aware that another court-appointed attorney had already been assigned to Spears, but was told the singer was "not confident" in the other lawyer's abilities and wanted to hire a new representative in the courtroom.

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Anderson did contact the attorneys representing Spears' conservatorship, who dissuaded him from attempting to further pursue working for the star.

Instead, he voluntarily ended his involvement in the Spears legal debacle on January 28, after learning Jamie Spears and the conservatorship were getting restraining orders against Lutfi, former Britney beau Adnan Ghalib and Jon Eardley.

The restraining orders were obtained January 30, after Jamie Spears said in court that he had evidence the trio was trying to deliberately undermine the conservatorship, and he labeled ostensible mastermind Lutfi a "predator."

But yesterday, Sam Lutfi's sister, Christina, testified that she answered her brother's phone one time when Britney was calling to ask Sam to find her a new lawyer.

Britney said "they" wouldn't let her talk on the phone, Christina Lutfi says, admitting that she was the one who slipped her a prepaid phone on behalf of her brother and Ghalib at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills January 16.

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A voicemail recording has started circulating that was allegedly left by Britney Spears, worrying that her dad, Jamie Spears, might take the kids from her.

The tape, which celebrity gossip photo and news source JFXonline claims was recorded on January 21, 2009, sounds like a message left for a lawyer.

No one knows who the lawyer is for sure, but TMZ believes that it's the dude who's been meddling in Britney Spears' affairs for about a year now.

We believe that man's name is Jon Eardley, who was hit with a restraining order by Jamie Spears on January 31 along with Sam Lutfi and Adnan Ghalib.

That part is just our theory. But in the voicemail - if it's legit - Britney Spears or someone who sounds like her talks about ending the conservatorship ...

What do you think? Is this really a voicemail from Britney Spears?

The friction between Britney and her dad has been no secret so far this year. In late February, Jamie Spears - who controls all of his daughter's affairs - reportedly went ballistic on Britney got her hands on a prepaid phone and was dialing up Adnan.

Jamie is also in the process of trying to shut down a fan site of Britney's for reasons unknown. Is he ruling with an iron fist or just doing what he needs to?

For what it's worth, things seem to be better between them of late as he's been with her on the road as the conservatorship and Circus tour run on all cylinders.

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As his daughter's legal conservator, Jamie Spears will do anything to protect her. But is he taking his court-appointed powers too far?

As owner and webmaster of popular Britney Spears fan site BreatheHeavy.com, Jordan Miller has spent the past five years supporting the troubled star.

It's ironic, then, that he's about to be shut down by the pop singer herself - or at least the powers that be who control every aspect of her existence.

While Miller asserts that the sole purpose of the website is "to support the icon of our generation, Britney Spears, and to continuously stick by her through good and bad," Spears' father Jamie has taken legal action over some of the content.

"I have been battling the conservatorship Britney is currently placed under for months now," Miller wrote to fans on the site's home page Friday.

Britney Spears and Jamie Spears Pic

Jamie Spears does not mess around.

"When I did not conform to demands Britney’s management and father, Jamie Spears, recently put upon BreatheHeavy to stay quiet, they became angry and malicious, launching, what I feel is an unjust attack, against me and my website."

He received a legal notice from Jamie Spears' lawyers pressuring him to dismantle the site by 3 p.m. PST Friday, or face an injunction, claiming they will pursue legal action courtesy of Jamie, who is allowed to do so as her conservator.

Chalk up another few hundred grand in legal fees.

Miller also wrote that Brad Rose, a lawyer representing Spears in this case, told him in a phone call that "you are an uber-fan who’s gone a little too far."

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A restraining order against Britney Spears ex-boyfriend, Adnan Ghalib, was made permanent for three years, a judge ruled at a Wednesday hearing.

At the same time, the temporary restraining against her former manager and possibly the shadiest person ever, Sam Lutfi, was extended until April 1.

A Jason Trawick and Britney Spears Pic

Britney's father, Jamie Spears, who is the conservator of her estate, and their various attorneys have been seeking a permanent restraining order against Lutfi and Ghalib, alleging that they have tried to interfere with the conservatorship.

The singer's father has been in control over her personal, medical and financial affairs, as mandated by the court, since Britney's meltdowns of early 2008, and is largely credited with the resuscitation of her declining career and life in general.

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The hearing this afternoon was held so the judge could determine whether to uphold the  restraining order, filed by Britney's father, against Sam and Adnan.

Jamie Spears told the court that Britney made secret calls to Adnan in February on a pre-paid cellphone she somehow obtained - and was far from pleased.

Adnan's restraining order now extends three years, end of discussion. On April 1, the judge will hear from witnesses in the ongoing case against Sam Lutfi.

Celebrity gossip photographer Adnan, who was dating Britney Spears for a few months at the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008, was a no show at today's hearing, so a judge green lighted the permanent injunction against him.

We'll see if he abides by it.

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Britney Spears' father-conservator, Jamie Spears, has reportedly fired three of the pop star's dancers from her Circus tour after they failed drug tests.

Old Man Spears is taking his role as Britney's legal, fiscal and personal steward very seriously, making sure Brit isn't surrounded by negative influences.

Typically, this involves battling Adnan Ghalib and Sam Lutfi in court, but his reach extends to the backup dancers who support Britney's mega-concerts, too.

Of course, this not to say the tour is totally scandal-free.

Sunday, Britney Spears experienced a wardrobe malfunction in Tampa, Fla., which no one was aware of until she proclaimed "my pu$$y is hanging out" into a live mic.

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The Britney Spears concert tour / Cinemax movie rolls into NYC.

Fortunately, no p---y proclamations were made last night at her show last night on Long Island, where the big story was a surprise Madonna appearance!

Shortly before Spears took the stage at the Nassau Coliseum, Madonna came in with manager Guy Oseary (and several bodyguards, but no Jesus Luz).

"She purposely walked up the main stairs in front of everybody so they would all notice her," an insider said, adding that screaming fans swarmed her. "Celebrities definitely don't need to go up the main stairs to get to their suites."

Click to enlarge more Britney Spears pics from last night's show ...

  • Britney Buns
  • Britney the Stripper
  • Let Me Hear You!
  • Britney Spears Blindfolded
  • Uncaged
  • Center Stage
  • Bang a Gong, Get it On
  • Four-Star General

[Photo Credits: Splash News Online]

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A hearing yesterday afternoon in the Britney Spears restraining order case against Sam Lutfi and Adnan Ghalib revealed some interesting information.

Jamie Spears, father of the singer, took the stand to explain that at some point recently, Britney somehow got her hands on a pre-paid cell phone.

This caused Jamie fits because as her conservator, he has been strictly monitoring the phones she's able to use and the calls she's making.

The family nanny overheard Britney talking to Adnan Ghalib on a pre-paid phone in the wee hours of the morning one day recently, however.

It appears Jamie Spears believes Sam and/or Adnan got her the phone in an attempt to turn her against Jamie and sabotage the conservatorship.

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  • Adnan Ghalib: Britney's Ex-Lover

Britney Spears' secret calls to Adnan Ghalib - who has a restraining order against him - have only further enraged papa Jamie Spears. [Photos: Splash News Online]

Jamie was named the conservator of Britney's financial, personal and medical affairs last year after a disastrous stretch that saw her life spiral out of control.

Adnan and Sam played roles in that, to put it mildly.

If Sam Lutfi did have any contact with Britney, as is alleged, he would have violated a court order to stay the hell away from the recovering pop star. He would likely face serious legal consequences if found to be in violation.

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It's finally official: Britney Spears will go on her Circus tour, and Sean Preston and Jayden James will come with her. But this comes at a hefty price.

Jamie Spears and Kevin Federline have both signed a document which clears the path for Britney taking her kids on the road for her upcoming tour.

What, you ask, is in it for the FedEx man, who could have nixed this arrangement and put The Circus Starring Britney Spears in serious jeopardy?

Just $5,000 a week. What a steal.

Kevin and Jayden James Federline

K-Fed has spent the vast majority of the time with Jayden James, above, and Sean Preston for the past 14 months as Britney regained sanity. [Photo: Splash News]

The way the tour deal goes is Jayden James and Sean Preston will follow Britney Spears to three "hubs" - New Jersey, New Orleans and Los Angeles.

Britney will commute back and forth from each hub during the tour.

She's also renting houses in N.J. and New Orleans for K-Fed if he wants to come along. But K-Fed gets the $5,000 a week, whether he shows up or not.

Interestingly, the deal Jamie Spears and K-Fed signed effectively kills the custody arrangement they have all been following since last year.

Britney gets the kids three days and nights a week, according to the new agreement, which will remain in effect after the tour is over.

Many weeks, Britney will actually have the kids more than Kevin, so in effect it's 50/50 custody. Score one for Team Britney ... and for Team Kevin, since we all know the guy wanted more time to party in Las Vegas with Victoria Prince anyway.

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One of the shadiest characters ever to appear on this and other celeb gossip sites, Sam Lutfi, has filed a lawsuit against Britney Spears and her parents.

The Evil One is suing Team Britney for libel, defamation and battery, as well as intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract.

According to the court papers filed today, the baddest of the bad seeds claims that Britney's parents, Jamie and Lynn Spears, have "launched a campaign of lies and intimidation designed to destroy Sam Lutfi and drive him out of Britney's life."

In the lawsuit, Sam claims he was standing in Britney's kitchen on January 29, 2008 when Jamie stormed into the house. Lutfi alleges Jamie yelled at him, claiming Sam made a rude comment to Lynne the night before.

Then, the alleged former manager says claims, Jamie Spears "intentionally punched him in the chest" and threatened to kill him if he ever heard Sam make a rude comment about Lynne or any member of Britney Spears' family again.

Britney Spears and the seedy one during his 2007 reign of terror.

All the claims of libel and defamation spring from Lynne Spears' memoir, Through the Storm, which was published last year. Lutfi says since the publication of the book, he "has been subjected to unfathomable amounts of ridicule and public scorn."

In the book, Lynne insinuated that Lutfi was an unstable, disreputable, manipulative, controlling and dangerous individual, even drugging the star at one point.

Lutfi also claims Britney Spears broke a contract with him, therefore owing him unpaid management fees. He claims he had an oral agreement with the pop singer to be her manager for four years, earning 15 percent commission.

Last Friday, Britney was granted a restraining order against Lutfi and Adnan Ghalib, barring them from having any contact with her, her parents or her kids.

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Britney Spears is prepared to cancel her upcoming Circus tour if lawyers for ex-husband Kevin Federline continue to block an agreement allowing her to take the kids on the road, according to a report on celeb news site TMZ.

For weeks, Britney, K-Fed and her father Jamie Spears have been privately hashing out a plan to let the kids travel with Britney on her world tour.

The plan is to have homes in three bases - New Jersey, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Sean Preston and Jayden James would stay in one of these three bases and mom would commute back and forth while doing concerts in each region.

Then there's this strange fact: Britney Spears is prepared to pay the FedEx man in excess of $4,000 per week for every week in which she's on tour.

The way the deal goes... Britney would get Kevin his own pad in each of the three "bases" and he wouldn't even have to show up to get the money! Why, you ask, would she pay him if he doesn't show? You can figure it out.

Is The Circus Starring Britney Spears, set to kick off March 3, in jeopardy?

Here's the deal: Britney, K-Fed and Jamie - who also got restraining orders against three shady characters from Britney's past in what's been an active week for him - worked out the arrangement without the help of any lawyers.

A week ago, however, attorneys for Kevin Federline became aware of the plan and were furious, thinking that Jamie Spears went behind their backs.

Now K-Fed's lawyers say they object to the plan but won't specifically say why, and Kevin apparently doesn't have the cojones to stand up to them.

Britney Spears - who now has close to a 50-50 custody arrangement in place and a long-term agreement worked out with K-Fed which would extend said arrangement - WILL cancel the tour if she can't take her kids. Stay tuned ...

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Oh Adnan Ghalib and Sam Lutfi, how we have missed thee at The Hollywood Gossip. Jamie Spears, on the other hand? He'd like to never see them again.

Britney Spears' father has obtained three restraining orders - against her ex-boyfriend, her ex-manager and his attorney, according to court documents.

Jamie Spears and lawyer Andrew Wallet, who oversee Britney's affairs as co-conservators, allege that the three men "are now working in concert to disrupt the conservatorship with utter disregard for Ms. Spears' health and well being."

Spears' father says Britney's cell phone records indicate "numerous telephone conversations" as well as text messages with her ex-manager, Sam Lutfi, and former boyfriend, celebrity news photographer Adnan Ghalib.

SHADY AND SHADIER: Britney Spears hangers-on Adnan Ghalib, left, and Sam Lutfi.

"[Britney] innocently informs [Adnan Ghalib] of her destinations and he then arranges for paparazzi to meet and film her to his financial benefit," Jamie Spears says in court documents. "[Adnan] is harmful to Ms. Spears and to her recovery."

Her father also alleges that on December 27 and December 28, 2008, Sam Lutfi tried to contact Britney Spears through her hairdresser with the message that Lutfi was "not responsible for the conservatorship" of Jamie Spears.

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