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A judge recently extended Britney Spears' restraining order against former manager Sam Lutfi through 2012, but don't expect him to go quietly into the night.

Lutfi has filed an appeal challenging the ruling and denying that there is a legal need to keep him 100 feet from the embattled pop superstar at all times.

Bryan Freedman, his attorney, told E! News that his client is fighting the order because, contrary to what Spears' camp claims, she initiated contact with him.

"There was absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Britney Spears was suffering substantial emotional distress as required by the statute," said Freedman.

"In fact, the evidence was just the opposite," the attorney added. "It was Britney reaching out for Sam's help, and all Sam did was get her a lawyer."

"There is no evidence of threats or stalking or anything whatsoever."

Freedman argued in the appeal, filed Wednesday, that Sam Lutfi never threatened or harassed Britney Spears, and claimed that he was only laboring at her behest.

"We believe the appellate court will overturn the ruling," Freedman said.

"Restraining orders were created for stalkers and people who make threats, and the only evidence in this whole case was that Sam sent 10 text messages to the hairdresser - none of which were threatening, vulgar, mean or anything else."

He said Sam Lutfi was simply looking out for Spears' best interests and that he doubted the singer herself felt there was a need for the permanent order.

"Sam got her a lawyer, and facilitated his sister, and she requested getting her a cell phone," he said. "If Britney Spears wanted this restraining order herself, why didn't she testify, come to court, send a letter to the judge or do anything?"

A judge's ruling that Britney Spears, who is under a legal conservatorship headed by her father, Jamie Spears, and attorney Andrew Wallet, "lacks the capacity" to testify is apparently not a good enough excuse for Freedman.

Jon Eardley, the attorney who tried unsuccessfully to torpedo the conservatorship, was also named in the restraining order and told to keep away. Adnan Ghalib, Spears' ex-boyfriend, is similarly barred from contact until 2012.

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Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aviva Bobb issued a three-year restraining order against Britney Spears' former manager, Sam Lutfi, on Tuesday.

Jon Eardley, a lawyer who has repeatedly challenged the validity of Jamie Spears' legal control over Britney, was also slapped with the same ban.

Both individuals must stay at least 100 yards away from Britney, her sons Jayden James and Sean Preston, and her family members' homes, and must not harass with Britney and/or her children, or contact them via phone, mail and email.

It also prohibits them from "acting on Ms. Spears's behalf or purporting to act on her behalf." The orders, however, do not specifically protect Jamie and Britney's mother, Lynne Spears, which Jamie had also sought to ensure.

The singer's father, who initially filed the request on January 30, alleged that both men have harassed his daughter, adding that Sam Lutfi arranged the smuggling of a cell phone to the troubled pop star recently at a hotel.

SAYONARA: Sam Lutfi's attorney, Bryan Freedman, said he will appeal.

"We absolutely will appeal this ruling," he said." Never before has a restraining order been issued against someone who answered another person's cries for help."

The order followed several hearings in which Spears' father, hairstylist, bodyguard, and others testified that the Circus performer was in fear of Sam Lutfi.

In his defense, his younger sister Christina Lutfi testified that it was Britney who hatched the cell phone scheme because she allegedly wanted Lutfi's help.

Rumors have persisted for months that the singer wants to torpedo her father's conservatorship, which has been in place since she went bat$h!t in early 2008.

One report even suggested that Jamie is drugging her. For now, at least, the court seems firmly on the side of her father and his legal conservatorship.

Lutfi's unrelated lawsuit against the Spears family for defamation and battery, as well as for many thousands of dollars in back wages, is still pending.

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Britney Spears' former manager/sidekick/enabler, Osama "Sam" Lutfi, has filed an amended lawsuit against the pop star, toning down the rhetoric from his original complaint but still making the same basic accusations against Team Brit.

Chief among them:

  1. That her mom, Lynne Spears, slandered him.
  2. That her dad, Jamie Spears, assaulted him.
  3. That she owes him a $h!tload of money.

That about covers it.

Acting on behalf of his daughter's conservatorship, Jamie Spears obtained a temporary restraining order against Lutfi in January to keep him out of her life.

On February 3, Sam Lutfi fired back with a lawsuit that included salacious allegations about her parents manipulating and leeching off Britney Spears.

That led to Jamie asking the court to toss out seven pages of Sam Lutfi's complaint, claiming the charges were "calculated attempts to exploit the court system" to make public assertions that have "no factual or legal moorings."

No wonder she can rack up $2.7 million a year in legal fees.

In the fine print, Sam alleges: "Every aspect of [Britney's] life and more importantly, her fortune, has been controlled by her parents," and that losing control of their daughter "posed a serious threat to Jamie and Lynne" and their lifestyles.

Such language was nixed from the updated filing last Thursday, according to Lutfi lawyer Bryan Freedman, to "clarify" his client's accusations against the star.

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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 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.

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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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Wow. Sam Lutfi may be even shadier than thought, and that's saying a lot, considering that's pretty much the only calling card of this bad seed.

Britney Spears's hairstylist testified in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday that Lutfi - the singer's shady, evil, manipulative former manager - was harassing her with calls and text messages over a period of three weeks in December.

"Someone kept calling me from a private number ... he said his name was Sam," Roberta Romero stated Wednesday. "He wanted information about Britney Spears. He said he was on her side. I told him, 'Leave me alone, stop calling me.'"

Lutfi allegedly sent Romero a series of 11 texts within a four day period, saying things like, "Please relay the truth to her. I did not do this to her," apparently referring to her father Jamie Spears' indefinite control over the singer.

This file photo shows what was a hauntingly familiar scene in 2007.

Sam Lutfi also allegedly sent the following text to Romero: "I've done everything I can to free her from this. Very close to getting her free now."

On another occasion he allegedly wrote: "I went to court to free her."

Romero says she repeatedly told Lutfi to leave her alone via text.

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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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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.

Follow the jump for more shocking details from Jamie's testimony ...

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The creepy Sam Lutfi is now fighting back against Britney Spears' permanent restraining order against him, saying he never threatened her in any way.

Spears was granted a temporary restraining order last month claiming that her former confidant and manager threatened to expose family secrets.

It's Britney Spears, OK!

Brit's camp says Sam's "secrets" have no basis in reality.

This follows the earlier claims of Brit's mom, Lynne Spears, that Sam was mentally abusive and even tried to drug the reeling pop star at one point.

Sam Lutfi is retaliating in legal papers, stating unequivocally that "I have not, in any alleged communications with Britney Spears, her hairdresser or any other person, threatened any act of violence against Britney or her family."


This is a confusing statement, as Britney never accused Sam of threatening violence. Then again, few things Lutfi does make any sense.

Lutfi says he got anonymous text messages saying Jamie Spears, Britney's father and conservator of her legal, financial and medical affairs, was about to release a letter written by the singer "making serious accusations" against him.

Sam - who has already filed one lawsuit against Britney this month, says that he merely called Jamie to discuss the letter. The Spears clan didn't see it that way, especially since Lufti was supposed to cease any and all contact with her.

Meanwhile, an L.A. judge just extended the restraining order against Sam, Adnan Ghalib and Jon Eardley until Wednesday, so Jamie Spears may testify.

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Not literally, unfortunately. That would have been a great component of the economic stimulus plan. Our girl sure is shelling out the big bucks, though.

The lawyers in Britney Spears' conservatorship case went to court yesterday to ask the judge that they be allowed to hire more lawyers to defend Britney.

A Spears spokesperson claims the singer needs a minimum of two civil lawyers to defend her in Sam Lutfi's defamation suit against Britney and her family.

Two lawyers will cost a grand total of $935 an hour. Yeah. Celebrity gossip is like totally awesome, but we definitely went into the wrong profession.

Sam Lutfi, Britney Spears' Friend

Battling financial problems and having been cut off from his former meal ticket, the blood-sucking vermin known as Sam Lutfi is now suing her.

The judge has greened light to the conservatorship's request, so the Bank of Britney Spears is fully open for business and expected to keep the legal profession afloat.

On an unrelated note, how much do you hate Sam Lutfi?

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Guess it's not too hard to see why bad seed Sam Lutfi is suing Britney Spears and her family - the loser has a debt collection agency breathing down his neck.

The recession has been tough on many of us.

According to documents obtained by TMZ, a lien was slapped on Lutfi's condo back in April. Sam never paid the debt, which grew to $18,507.58 by November.

The lien was filed by a debt collection agency on behalf of the homeowner's association where Sam Lutfi has a condo - at least for the next six or seven days.

According to documents, Lutfi has until February 10 (Tuesday) to pay up or he'll lose the condo and join the ranks of millions of Americans facing foreclosure.

The Evil One has other financial issues as well. A bank that issued Sam a Discover credit card filed a lawsuit against him last month, claiming he owes $7,966.98.

Lutfi filed a hail mary lawsuit against Britney Spears and her parents Jamie and Lynn, yesterday, claiming, among other things, libel, defamation and battery.

The moral of this story, apparently, is that you can sponge off, manipulate, bilk and even drug someone, and if they call you out on it, just sue for defamation!

Gotta love the legal system.

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