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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
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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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Britney Spears is having some family bonding time with her mom - but the pair have been seen arguing frequently, according to sources.

Lynne Spears, who arrived in Los Angeles Monday, accompanied her 26-year-old daughter and pal Sam Lutfi to a Mercedes dealership in Beverly Hills Tuesday morning - but it wasn't exactly a happy family outing.

Holy Britney

"Lynne and Britney were arguing in the car the whole time. They're upset and arguing, not having a good time at all," an onlooker tells People.

After 15 minutes, Britney drove an Escalade off the lot, then "pulled over to the side of the road to argue with her mom more." adds the onlooker.

The previous night, Lynne Spears visited her daughter's home, but then was left pacing around the house as Britney left to meet Adnan Ghalib.

"Lynne Spears, at one point said, 'I just want to give her a hug. I'm very worried," says a source. "Lynne was so nervous and worried, she just kept asking how they could get her daughter back home."

When the pop star returned, Lynne, Britney and several friends including Alli Sims and Sam Lutfi, had a "family bonding session."

But the family time does not seem to have changed Britney's behavior. On Tuesday afternoon, she and Sam Lutfi visited a nearby J. Crew store, where an onlooker described her as "totally out of it."

"She was talking in a slight accent. It was a little bit of a British accent," says the witness. "She kept to herself, quiet, she just wanted to go. She really wanted some gum and she kept asking Sam for it and got frustrated when he didn't have any. Her mood lifted when she found some in her bag."

Time for an intervention, people?

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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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With Britney Spears going bonkers and Jamie Lynn Spears pregnant - and starring on a soon-to-be axed show - Mother of the Year Lynne Spears visited a Louisiana cemetery to reflect on the events of the last month, and mourn the tragic loss of precious, precious paychecks as her cash cows' market value tanks ...

NOTE: Lynne Spears is actually mourning her late sister (and Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears' aunt), Sandra Bridges, who passed away in January 2007.

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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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While Britney Spears hospitalized in Los Angeles and being monitored constantly after last night's psychotic meltdown, her ex-husband has moved to strip her of all visitation rights with their sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James.

Kevin Federline himself snuck into court this morning under the radar but left the area as the hearing adjourned, TMZ reports. He may return later as an emergency hearing in the custody case is believed to be set for 1:30 PST.

K-Fed's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, was in court this morning at 8:30 a.m. to ask the Commissioner to strip Britney Spears of all visitation rights - at least for now. Attorney Tara Scott from the law firm of Trope and Trope is representing Britney - awkward, since the firm asked to withdraw as counsel Wednesday.

The hearing ended but is expected to resume this afternoon. Through an assistant, Mark Vincent Kaplan declined comment to reporters.

While Federline asks the court to indefinitely bar Britney Spears from visits with Sean and Jayden, Lynne Spears simply hopes people pray for her daughter.

Spears' family has been showing their support. Her dad, Jamie Spears, has been at the hospital with his daughter. Brother Bryan Spears was expected to show up today. Spears' mother, Lynne Spears, who's been in "constant contact" with the troubled singer, is en route from Kentwood, La., as is Jamie Lynn Spears.

According to Access Hollywood, Lynne Spears was "extremely distraught and crying about Britney on the phone" when contacted by their staff.

"Just say prayers," Lynne said.

Conspicuously absent from Cedars-Sinai: Mr. Adnan Ghalib, 35, who works for the celebrity photo agency called FinalPixx, and who has checked into a pair of hotels with Britney Spears over the last couple of weeks.

Sources say that as Spears was holed up in her Studio City home during her epic meltdown, Adnan Ghalib was not present - nor has he visited her at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was hospitalized early Friday.

When asked about Spears Friday, Adnan Ghalib would not comment.

UPDATE: As of 2:45 PST, the court hearing is over, and K-Fed has been awarded sole legal and physical custody of the boys until January 14.

We'll see what contact Britney Spears will have with Sean and Jayden as of that date. Kaplan declined comment on what was decided, but said: "There are no winners here. We are not happy about any of the events that have happened."

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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.