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So much to report from today's court hearing over control of Britney Spears' finances and medical decisions. Some of the headlines:

  • Jamie Spears is still the co-conservator of Britney Spears' estate, as is Andrew Wallet. Britney's lawyers had sought to remove him.
  • The court Commissioner did not give the conservators the power to fire Trope and Trope, Britney's divorce lawyers, which they sought.
  • The Commissioner said, based on a restraining order, Sam Lutfi can have no contact whatsoever with Britney - including e-mails, phone, etc.
  • The conservatorship has been extended Valentine's Day.
  • Adam Streisand has no legal basis for claiming he's Britney's new lawyer.
  • At some point, there will be a hearing to determine just how mentally competent Britney Spears even is at this time.
  • Michael Sands, a man hired by Mark Vincent Kaplan (K-Fed's lawyer) to field media calls has been subpoenaed - and this is "substantial."

Trope and Trope drafted the subpoena. Expect a fight over whether the info Michael Sands has is protected by the attorney-client privilege.

Today's court proceedings were considered to be a showdown between Jamie Spears and arch-nemesis Sam Lutfi (above), who remains public enemy #1.

Earlier today, a lawyer for the conservators said they had been trying to serve Sam Lutfi with a restraining order prohibiting him from seeing Britney Spears, but he refused to open the door to accept service.

They mentioned that Sam Lutfi has spoken on the phone with Britney Spears, allegedly in violation of the restraining order against him.

Also today, a custody hearing involving Britney Spears, Kevin Federline and their two young sons took place, ending with the status quo prevailing.

There was supposed to be a hearing today on a motion for "visitation in a therapeutic setting" for Spears, but that motion was put off, because the therapeutic setting Britney's in right now is ... a psych ward.

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Britney Spears' seedy manager / friend, Sam Lutfi, says the singer's mental problems stem from her parents, Lynne and Jamie Spears.

"Oh boy, her family is crazy!" Lutfi told Us Weekly in an interview.

Jason Trawick and Britney Spears

"It's funny, because that's what the doctors say when they meet the family," he added. "They always come back and say, ‘You know, [her problems] are inherited, right?' It's just so sad. It's shared equally from both of her parents."

When asked if Britney Spears trusts "a thing her parents say," Lutfi replied, "Not a g----n thing."

On Friday, Spears' parents went to L.A. Superior Court to seeking legal control of their daughter's finances and medical treatments.

Their requests were granted as a co-conservatorship was set up in their names, while Sam Lutfi was hit with a restraining order.

Now His Shadiness is speaking out, sharing his take on last week, when Britney's parents rushed to her assistance after her latest meltdown. 

Sam Lutfi is speaking out against Britney Spears' parents. 

When the singer heard Lynne arrived Sunday night, Sam Lutfi said Britney asked him, ‘Is my mom really here?' I said, ‘Yeah, she's here.' And she's like, ‘Oh great, you know they're up to something.'

"They show up to the house like hillbillies, texting me," Lutfi said.

"I find out that they're outside, and they go, ‘You better let me in the gate, you ass.' So I go, to Britney, ‘Your parents are here, let them come in and yell at you and scream at you. If anything else goes on, I'll throw you in my car and take you out of here.' She said, ‘OK, fine, baby.'

"I let them in. Instead of going to see how Britney is, they come bouncing through the doors. They scream at me, ‘Why the f--k are you talking to Barbara Walters?' I swear to God that's all they were saying.

"The dad pushed me in the chest and said, ‘Get the fâ€"k out of here.'

"The dad gave up and then the mom tried to talk to her, but Lynne was like, ‘I gotta get my beauty sleep, I gotta get my nails done, I gotta do my hair.' It was just so sick. We made the mom stay."

Sam Lutfi said the singer suffers from "mixed state bipolar" and has had it for "roughly five years." A person suffering from "mixed state bipolar" experiences symptoms of mania and depression at the same time.

He said he has told the singer, "‘Britney, do you see why people think you are crazy? Look at your mother and look at your father.'"

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A judge has issued a restraining order against Sam Lutfi - ordering him to stay away from Britney Spears, according to TMZ.

The judge found that Sam Lutfi has been harassing Britney. This will effectively bar Lutfi from going to the hospital.

The restraining order is in effect for 22 days, but Britney's parents could turn it into a permanent order at the end of the 22 days.

Britney's father, Jamie Spears, how has temporary legal control over his eldest daughter, and control over her medical treatment.

Jamie Spears may restrict any visitors to Britney, and is also in charge of arranging 24-hour caretakers for her, as well as security.

In addition, Jamie retains the power to cut off all of the singer's credit cards and prosecute any restraining orders on her behalf.

But it's not over yet
.

Sources say Britney's divorce lawyers and the lawyers representing the conservatorship (Jamie and Lynne Spears) may clash Monday.

Until now, Britney's divorce team at the law firm of Trope and Trope has been dealing with Sam Lutfi and believes he is well-meaning.

In large part (and not surprisingly), Jamie and Lynne Spears want this particular law firm out of the picture because of its apparent alliance with Sam Lutfi.

Jamie Spears, the freshly appointed co-conservator for Britney, has made it clear he dislikes the Trope firm and wants them out of her life for good.

Sam Lutfi is livid at the commissioner who issued the various orders today and was in touch with Trope and Trope numerous times yesterday.

Later, Britney Spears made two calls at the UCLA Psych Ward and went crazy on the phone after learning that her dad is now her conservator.

In a heavy British accent, ballistic Britney screamed (in reference to her parents), "I'm so sick of all of this, they can have the goddamn house and stick it up their f**king asses. Actually, no they can't."

A furious Britney Spears, who sounded drugged up, is really, really pissed that her dad became a conservator of her estate. She was screaming at the top of her lungs, at times impossible to understand. At one point she screamed:

"Nobody's taking my house. Who is my family?"

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Jamie and Lynne Spears, parents of Britney Spears, arrived at L.A. Superior Court Friday afternoon, seeking control of their ill daughter.

Specifically, TMZ reports, they are trying to create a conservatorship, which would allow Jamie and Lynne (who have a daughter Jamie Lynn!) to make the medical decisions on behalf of Britney, as well as control her finances.

A hearing is scheduled for this afternoon (1:30 PST), and underscores the tension between the Spears family and Sam Lutfi, the shady character who, right now, is the primary liaison between the singer and her doctors.

Surrounded by lawyers â€" including their attorney Blair Berk â€" Lynne Spears wore a white jacket while Jamie Spears sent some text messages.

No sign of Sam Lutfi at the courtroom. Or Adnan Ghalib, for that matter.

The court has the power to create a conservatorship, which would allow both Jamie and Lynne to make medical decisions on behalf of Britney Spears, and to control Britney's financial affairs. The 'rents have made it clear: they believe Sam Lutfi has placed their daughter and her assets at risk.

That's their side. What about the bad seed himself? Today, in a telephone interview with Us Weekly, Sam Lutfi blasted the Spears' clan.

"Oh boy, her family is crazy!" he said. "It's just so sad."

According to Lutfi, Britney Spears doesn't "trust anything that her family says. Not a g----n thing."

The hearing is set to begin soon. Stay tuned...

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A L.A. County Superior Court judge has signed a "5150," meaning Britney Spears is on a three-day psychiatric hold at the UCLA Medical Center.

There is a "good possibility" it will be extended to 14 days.

There have been several concurrent attempts to get Britney on a 5150. Spears' own lawyers, Anne Kiley and Tara Scott, secured a new psychiatrist for her late last week - and he's the one who triggered the 5150 last night.

At the same time, we're told Britney's mother, father and brother have been "working closely with the LAPD for weeks" to get her psychiatric care.

Contemplative Britney Spears

Meanwhile, a bitter fight is taking place over who is in control as far as making the troubled star's medical decisions.

Insiders say Britney's parents,  Lynne and Jamie Spears, are currently not calling the shots in making medical decisions on behalf of Britney.

Right now, it appears Sam Lutfi is in the driver's seat.

Sources close to the case say that after Britney's stay at Cedars-Sinai January 3, she had her lawyers draft up paperwork making it clear she did not want her parents involved in making any medical decisions on her behalf.

Britney Spears' Daddy

Jamie Spears (above) reportedly went ballistic, screaming and swearing at Sam Lutfi - even pushing him physically - right in front of Britney.

As to what paperwork she signed, if any, that's unclear.

If Britney signed a durable power of attorney, that could give someone power to make medical decisions on her behalf in an emergency.

No such document was reportedly signed, but somehow Britney Spears made it clear she wanted Sam Lutfi - not her folks - to make decisions.

Right now, the doctors at UCLA are working with Osama, not Jamie and Lynne Spears. Lawyers are involved and a judge will have to sort it out.

More to come throughout the day. Follow the jump for more details on how Britney was hospitalized in the early hours of the morning ...

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It has been reported for weeks that Britney Spears' family, friends and some of the professionals in her life have been planning a "creative way" to deal with her mental problems. Finally, it looks like the time has arrived.

If it happens, TMZ reports, it should happen this week.

Last night, Brit's mom, Lynne Spears, her father, Jamie Spears, "cousin" Alli Sims, creepy manager Sam Lutfi and boyfriend Adnan Ghalib all showed up at Britney's house and were all there at the same time.

Britney's mom and dad (among others) have known for months that a bipolar disorder - not substance abuse - is at the root of her mental problems.

They cannot involuntarily commit her (impossible under the circumstances) and Britney has refused to voluntarily enter a hospital or even undergo an evaluation for the problem. But now a new plan is underway.

Britney had not spoken to her mother for a while, but last night, Britney and Lynne Spears (along with Sam Lutfi, background) left her gated compound at one point and went to the drug store, so they are now interacting at least.

An intervention has been in the planning stages for well over a month. It should begin to unfold if Britney Spears cooperates... but that's a big if.

All we can do is wait, watch and hope.

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Long before Adnan Ghalib was shopping nude Britney Spears pics, there was another sketchy terrorist dude in her day-to-day life: Mr. Sam Lutfi.

For months leading up to Britney's recent meltdown, she and Lutfi were inseparable. Well, it turns out Spears' parents, Lynne and Jamie, believe Sam was a prime reason Brit has refused to seek mental help all along.

They were so mad at Sam Lutfi they threw him out of the hospital last week when he arrived to visit Britney, who had been taken there via ambulance.

Britney Spears' parents aren't huge fans of Sam Lutfi. Stunning.

Britney's parents - especially Jamie Spears - have been trying for months to get her committed into a mental hospital for a bipolar disorder.

Britney's father in particular has believed since last summer that Britney was suffering from a mental disease - not substance abuse as many claim.

Jamie believed Sam Lutfi was impeding Brit's ability to get help. He praised her former manager, Larry Rudolph, for trying to get her help earlier in the year. Britney fired Rudolph, of course, before he could succeed.

Jamie Spears has been looking for a way to push her into a facility but she has refused. TMZ reports that Britney continues to refuse to undergo a battery of tests that would officially diagnose her with bipolar disorder.

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Dr. Phil says Lynne Spears called and asked him to intervene before Britney Spears was released from L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Saturday.

"I want to set the record straight. I went to see Britney Spears at the request of her family. I talked to Lynne, [father] Jamie Spears and [brother] Brian Spears because they were frustrated that she wasn't going to be held for a longer time," Dr. Phraud said on CBS' The Early Show this morning.

So, just so we understand this: Britney Spears' mother - despite her daughter being treated at a world-class hospital - decides to call Dr. f*%king Phil!?

Sad, but true. Dr. Phil â€" who will devote a show to the troubled singer this week â€" says he got looped in after Britney was rushed to the hospital.

"Thursday night, the phone rang, it was Lynne. Clearly she was very upset, as any parent would be," he said. "I was first contacted by her family a year ago and had maintained a running dialogue for the last year or so."

While Lynne Spears continues her relentless, decade-long effort to cash in on her daughter at every turn, Britney's father has been falling apart at the seams.

He and his eldest daughter have had a rocky relationship, but with ex-wife Lynne and daughter Jamie-Lynn Spears already traveling back to Louisiana, he was the sole family member present for Britney's mental evaluation.

After keeping close watch of his daughter at Cedars-Sinai hospital, Jamie Spears broke down in tears shortly after her discharge Saturday morning.

"Jamie was really upset," a source says, "He was in tears. When he got to the house and realized the situation there, it broke him down."

Jamie Spears, who supported Dr. Phil's visit, "thought he understood what was going on. He doesn't know what to do. Everyone is trying to figure out the best thing to do, but who knows what that is now."

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Britney Spears was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday. She is currently at her Beverly Hills home with her father, Jamie Spears.

Shortly after arriving at home, the 26-year-old Spears drove her white Mercedes convertible to the end of her gated community �" but made a U-turn home after seeing all the celebrity news photographers waiting for her.

Spears was on 72-hour lockdown after tweaking hard core Thursday night but was released surprisingly early after a hospital visit from Dr. Phil.

You cannot make this stuff up.

Entertainment Tonight reports that the star left the hospital via an underground tunnel with Dr. Phil because, "there was no reason to hold her longer."

Dr. Phil and Jordan McGraw

Reports say Dr. Phil is angling to get Britney Spears on his show Monday.

Dr. Phil did show up, but strangely, several inconsistencies have emerged between what Phil says went down at the hospital and what witnesses tell TMZ.

People on the 7th floor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center say Phil arrived at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. TMZ reports Britney did not invite him in; in fact, she didn't even know he was coming. Sources say it was Britney's parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, who told Dr. Phil to go to the hospital.

When he walked into her hospital room, several celebrity news sources report, a blindsided Britney walked out - but eventually came back. Phil tried speaking with Spears for about 15 minutes - not an hour as Dr. Phil's press release states - but she wanted none of it. Phil did almost all the talking.

As for walking with her to the car on her way out -, as his release states - if he was walking behind her, that's news to her. She was not accompanied by him.

Sources say Dr. Phil somehow has convinced Lynne and Jamie Spears to be on his show, which will tape Monday and air Tuesday, but as one person put it, "Based on the interaction between Dr. Phil and Britney this morning, it'll be a cold day in hell before Britney Spears goes on his show."

Britney Spears was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance after disobeying court custody orders and having a massive mental meltdown Thursday night.

Friday, L.A. County Commissioner Scott Gordon suspended her visitation rights with sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, giving K-Fed sole custody "pending further order of the court." The order is effect until January 14.

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Jamie Spears, Jamie Lynn Spears' father, is livid with his ex-wife Lynne Spears' decision to cash-in on their 16-year-old daughter's pregnancy.

NOTE: Yes, you read that correctly - Jamie Lynn Spears' parents are Jamie and Lynne. Talk about scarring a kid for life from day one. Anyway.

Jamie Spears "did not spend Christmas with Lynne or Jamie Lynn and instead stayed at home and went to work," a Spears family source tells Us Weekly.

"He doesn't get a dime from his daughters ... He busts his ass to take care of himself. That's why he's so furious at [Lynne] Spears for her behavior."

Jamie Spears is the seldom-seen father of Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears.

Jamie Spears has been working long hours as a private chef to make a living while ex-wife Lynne, as Us Weekly reports in its latest issue, arranged a $1 million deal with OK! Magazine for the story of Jamie Lynn's pregnancy and pics down the line.

Lynne Spears also receives a percentage of her daughters' salaries.

Celebrity news sources report, per a source close to the family, that Jamie Spears "refused to take any money and 'profit off of his children.'"

Jamie has recently seen his grandchildren, Sean Preston and Jayden James, the sons of Britney Spears and her ex-husband Kevin Federline, however.

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