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Lawyers for Britney Spears' conservatorship filed papers in federal court, asking the court to reject the bid to remove the case from the California Court system.

According to TMZ, lawyers claim Britney is in no position to hire a lawyer for the federal case because she's not allowed to, per the conservatorship.

Attorney Jon Eardley, who filed the papers in federal court in an attempt to get the conservatorship nixed, claims Britney hired him. It reeks of Sam Lutfi.

Lawyers for the conservators want Eardley to identify everyone with whom he worked to get the federal case filed. Like, say, Sam Lutfi, for instance!?

The Britney Spears legal drama gets weirder by the day.

Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, has control of her estate. As conservator, he can regulate her medical and financial decisions, even control who she sees.

The conservators also want Eardley to pay their legal fees, claiming the federal filing is frivolous, baseless and a waste of everyone's time.

In response, a federal judge issued a tentative ruling that the move to make a federal case out of Britney Spears' situation is ridiculous.

Judge Philip Gutierrez has set a deadline of February 29 for her so-called lawyer, Eardley, to explain why on Earth the federal court has any business at all getting involved in Britney Spears' mental affairs.

The court said it seems as if the Feds have no jurisdiction, and unless Jon Eardley can convince the judge otherwise, the case will go back to State court on February 29. We will keep you posted on the latest.

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Forget Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Mike Huckabee.

While these political stars each have their positive attributes, none are worthy of the sought-after title of Celebrity Gossip President.

Okay, so we just made that title up 45 minutes ago. But we felt that in an exciting presidential election year, The Hollywood Gossip should hold its own race - and YOU, our readers, should get to vote on the winner!

Step #1? A PRIMARY featuring seven exciting President-VP tickets from the world of celebrity gossip. Your votes will help narrow the field to three by May 1, leading to a special run-off election among the top vote-getters.

You can VOTE HERE now, with the ballot also appearing on the right-hand side of The Hollywood Gossip's home page until May 1.

Now, we present you with the candidates for Celebrity Gossip President and Vice President, along with the respective parties nominating them ...

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt
(Reality TV Party)
Phony, plastic, master manipulators and attention-seeking media whores who are obsessed with fame. It's like The Hills couple was destined to go into politics.

Kim Kardashian and Ray J
(Celebrity Sex Tape Party)
Upside: Not-so-secret videotaping of all U.S. citizens is sure to improve our national security; Downside: Budgetary concerns due to new White House furniture needing to be made to accommodate Kim's giant ass.

Past Lovers

Donald Trump and Vince McMahon
(Bad Hair-Megalomaniac Party)
If a Trump-McMahon team fails, it certainly won't be due to lack of funds. Or shameless, self-promoting publicity stunts. Or huge grapefruits.

Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens
(Super-Cute Celeb Couple Party)
Zanessa promises nude photos and perfect hair for all!

Suri Cruise and Jayden James Federline
(Celebrity Baby Party)
Upside: Very cute, little political baggage offers fresh start. Downside: Inexperience, possible brainwashing (Suri) and malnutrition (Jayden).

Adnan Ghalib and Sam Lutfi
(Seedy Britney Spears Hanger-On Party)
Should either be apprehended as part of a sleeper cell before the November election, Alli Sims will take his place on the ticket.

Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest
(American Idol Party)
A Simon-Ryan ticket will be full of witty barbs, low-brow insults and palpable, homoerotic tension. At least Paula won't be part of it.

That's it! Cast your vote for your favorite candidates in our Celebrity Gossip Presidential Primary by voting on our home page or by clicking HERE!

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Not unlike his famous namesake, we don't know exactly where Osama is, but law enforcement officials are investigating him and hunting him down.

According to TMZ, Osama Lutfi, better known as Sam Lutfi, is officially under investigation by the LAPD for allegedly drugging Britney Spears.

Law enforcement sources say the Major Crimes Division of the LAPD is on the case. The conservators of Britney's estate, her father Jamie Spears and his lawyer Andrew Wallet, have complained that Sam drugged Britney.

Britney's mom (and Jamie's ex-wife), Lynne Spears, made this claim in court documents, saying Sam Lufti did it to "keep her under his control."

The LAPD says its investigation of Sam Lutfi is "very much active."

Laying low, Sam Lutfi could not be reached for comment, however, Michael Sands, his spokesperson, confirmed his client is aware of the investigation.

Britney Spears' family is doing all it can to keep Lutfi away from her as she receives treatment for bipolar disorder. As conservator, Jamie Spears has control of Britney's legal, medical and financial decisions until at least March 10.

Her brother, Bryan Spears, is also helping manage her money as a trustee of her estate until Britney is capable of handling her own affairs again.

However, in a bizarre legal twist, a lawyer filed legal papers in federal court Friday asking a judge to seize control of the conservatorship case on grounds that Britney Spears is at great risk in the L.A. County Court system.

Legal experts say the federal court may now have jurisdiction simply due to the paperwork being filed by New York lawyer Jon Eardley.

If the federal court has jurisdiction, we believe the conservatorship of Brit's estate and all related court orders remain in effect, however, no further orders can be made or modified until a federal judge returns the case to the state.

It is not known who Jon Eardley is working for, but if you ask us, this filing (which came out of nowhere) reeks of a shady legal ploy by Sam Lutfi to wrest control of Britney Spears away from her family. We will keep you posted.

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The Commissioner in Britney Spears' conservatorship case has extended Jamie Spears' tenure as conservator until the next hearing, March 10.

The judge granted a request to have Britney's older brother, Bryan Spears, named as the trustee of his sister's trust. Bryan, 30, and attorney Ivan Taback have been granted the authority to serve as co-trustees.

That was to be expected, but this next part? Out of nowhere.

A New York lawyer has filed papers in Federal court, asking that Britney's conservatorship case be taken away from L.A. County Superior Court.

Attorney Jon Eardley claims Britney Spears' rights have been snatched away from her and she has been cut off from life as she knows it.

Eardley claims that "It is doubtful that Ms. Spears can receive equal protection and a fair trial or hearing in the custody proceedings because of the intense media scrutiny of what would normally be private aspects of a person's life."

Jon Eardley wants an injunction issued promptly in federal court, asking the judge for the power to protect Britney Spears in the custody case as well.

The documents say the "deprivation of her civil liberties by the conservator is so severe as to interfere with the effectiveness of the scheduled medications that are covered by the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act."

Legal experts say this last part is the attempt to get the Federal court to accept jurisdiction of the case, effectively giving Jamie Spears the boot.

It's not clear who Eardley is working for in filing this. Yet if you ask us, it seems quite likely that you-know-who is behind it.

Sam Lutfi and his PR spin doctor, Michael Sands, must have something to do with the filing. Britney's confidant and self-proclaimed manager is at odds with Jamie.

Attorney Jeryll Cohen, representing Jamie Spears, says they still haven't been able to formally serve Sam Lutfi with a restraining order against him - he somehow has avoided it despite partying in public places with Alli Sims and Perez Hilton.

Either way, we'd be surprised if he weren't behind this strange filing. We know Osama Lutfi well enough to know he doesn't give up power easily.

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Sometimes, the planets align and the worst people in the celebrity gossip world all congregate in one place. You never know when or where these moments will take place, but when they do, one cannot help but be in awe.

In this case, it's an orange-haired, slimy, acne riddled Mario Lavendeira, a.k.a. Perez Hilton, partying at Area over the weekend with quasi-namesake Paris Hilton, Simon Rex, and none other than Osama (Sam) Lutfi.

Here's a gross picture from the night's festivities. Prepare to recoil in horror at the pure evil (and poor hygiene) of these seedy characters ...

When Perez Hilton and Sam Lutfi get together, there's no telling what the evil duo might be planning. All we know is Alli Sims is sad she's not in this picture!

On a side note, also in attendance was Paris' brother, Barron Hilton, 18, who was arrested for DUI yesterday morning, and has since been freed on bail.

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In a declaration filed in the Britney Spears conservatorship case, a lawyer for the conservators - Britney's father, Jamie Spears, and his attorney, Andrew Wallet - accused Sam Lutfi of demanding money from poor Britney.

Attorney Jeryll Cohen wrote:

"During the phone conversation, Mr. [Howard] Grossman [Britney's business manager] told me that he had numerous e-mails from Osama (Sam) Lutfi in which Mr. Lutfi made various demands, including demands for money. Mr. Grossman told me he did not comply with Mr. Lutfi's demands."

Cohen and other lawyers on the side of Jamie Spears have formally asked the court commissioner to let the conservators fire Howard Grossman, in part because they say he refused to provide copies of Sam Lutfi's e-mails to them.

Sam Lutfi reportedly demanded cash from Britney Spears.

Lawyers for the conservators accuse Grossman of ignoring their rules.

One lawyer wrote in a declaration that she told Grossman "he was not permitted to give Britney Spears any money, credit cards or access to money or credit cards or to meet with her ... at the Beverly Hills Hotel or anywhere else."

The lawyer claims Grossman defied the order by meeting Britney at that very hotel last week. Cohen is pissed because Grossman also directed Beverly Hills Mercedes to deliver one of Britney Spears' cars to her fave hotel.

Without, of course, first getting the conservators' permission.

Cohen says Howard Grossman's lame excuse was that "he wanted to build her [Brit's] confidence in him." Enjoy the pink slip, Howard.

Sam Lutfi, who was hit with a restraining order barring him from contact with Britney, was seen partying over the weekend with Alli Sims.

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Since entering the celebrity news business in June 2006, we've seen a lot. But somehow, the antics of Sam Lutfi continue to surprise us.

Britney Spears' estranged pal and self-proclaimed manager made his first public appearance since a restraining order was issued against him at ... Paris Hilton's 27th birthday party at the L.A. club Area Saturday.

What's more, he was spotted with Spears "cousin" Alli Sims. These two are really trying to milk their 15th minute of fame for all it's worth.

Wearing a black and white sweater dress, black leggings and hot pink pumps, Sims, Britney Spears' former assistant, arrived around midnight.

Sam Lutfi and Britney Spears before her second hospital stint.

Shortly after she began singing the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams," Sam Lutfi tapped Alli on the shoulder at 12:40 a.m. and said, "Come say hi."

Sitting at Paris Hilton's table, Lufti, in a black cap, tan-colored jacket, jeans and loafers was heard asking All Sims to go fetch him a drink.

"We're dry over here. Can you get me a drink?" Lufti said.

What a d!ck.

Osama later cornered blogger Perez Hilton. "I wonder what he's gonna write tomorrow," he was overheard saying. All Sims replied, "I know."

Meanwhile, Sam Lutfi is denying having any contact with Britney Spears since the restraining order was issued against him.

"Not true!" he told E! News when asked if he's spoken to the pop star.

However, she was on the mind of Sam Lutfi. During Hilton's party "at one point, they all toasted and cheered Britney," a party-goer told E! News.

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Where art thou, Sam Lutfi?

Rumor has it that the seedy puppet master is hiding out somewhere in L.A. in an effort to avoid getting served with a court-issued restraining order - one that will formally block his access to Britney Spears.

And Britney Spears' money.

Of course, Sam is not so far underground that he can't play spin doctor, contacting E! News and defend his "good" name against allegations from Lynne Spears.

The restraining order against Lutfi was issued after testimony from Brit's mom that Spears' oddball confidant drugged and mentally abused her.

"I'm not worried about what [Lynne Spears] is saying," Britney's self-proclaimed manager declared via pay phone from an undisclosed location.

No way, Sam Lutfi claims, did he ever do anything such as:

  • Cut Britney's phone lines
  • Hide her cell phones and chargers
  • Hide, then miraculously "find" Britney's dog London
  • Tell her she'd never see her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, ever again unless she followed his commands
  • Try to convince her Adnan Ghalib is gay

"It's not true," Sam asserts.

Sam did cop to one of Lynne Spears' accusations in pushing pills on Brit: "These pills were working wonders â€" they are miracle pills," he said.

Still, Osama failed to fess up the exact prescription description, which allegedly helped Britney's strange and repeated mood swings.

He also neglected to mention to E! News when exactly Britney's period of "sane" behavior occurred ... we certainly weren't aware of it.

Sam Lutfi also reportedly hired "crisis manager" and PR guru Michael Sands to help repair his public image. This is quite ironic in that Sands was just hired by Mark Vincent Kaplan, K-Fed's laywer, to dig up dirt on ... Sam.

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Time for your morning Britney Spears news update - legal style.

Jamie Spears' attorney and Britney Spears' co-conservator, Andrew Wallet, met for a closed-door session. Discussing what? We're not sure.

A court spokesperson said everything about yesterday's matter is sealed, and he could not disclose even why they were even in court.

We had speculated that Jamie was seeking help from the court in enforcing his legal control over Britney, who he feels was released too soon from UCLA.

Meanwhile, Laura Wasser, Brit's former attorney, paid a visit to the UCLA psych ward last Tuesday and it looks like she may be retained again.

Laura Wasser represented Britney Spears in her divorce from Kevin Federline, but ended up quitting the case. Several accounts say this was because Britney wouldn't listen to her. But now, Jamie and Lynne Spears want her back.

Laura Wasser, Britney Spears' former lawyer, may be retained by Jamie Spears, who hates that Britney's current legal team is so tight with Osama "Sam" Lutfi.

Britney's parents, particularly Jamie (who is still her co-conservator) want to axe Trope and Trope as Britney's legal counsel, in part because they have been chummy with the family's nemesis, Brit's BFF Sam Lutfi.

According to witnesses at UCLA, Britney "lit up" when she saw Wasser. But there's a hitch - Britney can't fight the conservatorship, which gives Jamie control of her estate as she is treated for bipolar disorder.

As of Tuesday, she was fine letting Jamie call the shots, but it looks like that's changed. If Britney accepts the conservatorship and Jamie is at the reins, Laura Wasser could be back in the Britney Spears business.

Meanwhile, Sam Lutfi has not been served with the restraining order sought and obtained by Britney Spears' parents - yet.

If he comes in contact with her, it technically wouldn't violate the order issued against him - since he hasn't officially been given notice.

It's a technicality, yes, but Sam Lutfi could (and likely will) argue that he doesn't know about the thing since he hasn't even seen it.

Shady.

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Has Britney Spears hit rock bottom?

Is she really trying to get well? Are the people close to her doing enough, or losing sight of what's important with their constant in-fighting?

These and so many other key questions remain unanswered (we welcome your comments) even by those close to the troubled Britney Spears.

To that end, this week's Us Weekly takes an in-depth look inside the ongoing struggle for the soul (and mind) of a fallen cultural icon.

Spears was released from UCLA yesterday after spending a week in its psych ward. Many believe the singer should have been held there longer.

Britney Spears' Fight

One of the article's focal points is - who else - Sam Lutfi.

Britney Spears' friend, de facto manager and confidant, who was recently hit with a restraining order after her parents made some startling allegations in court, has opened up about her bipolar disorder - and how he's trying to help her.

Sam Lutfi explained to the celebrity news site how he medicated her and what went the night she was hospitalized, as well as how her parents reacted.

"In [Britney's] depressive episodes, it's all crying," he said. "In manic episodes, there's very little crying or sympathy or compassion. She becomes another person. She becomes somebody that just doesn't care about anything."

"The British accent is part of the mania," Sam Lutfi, whose real first name is Osama, added. "She will stick to the British accent because she becomes comfortable with it... But you know, when the pink wig comes on, it's getting bad."

Lutfi says that when Spears was involuntarily committed to UCLA, her parents, Lynne and Jamie Spears, arrived and tried to get him away from Britney.

"Well, he is better family than you guys will ever be," Britney responded, according to Sam, who is obviously in full spin-machine mode.

Sam Lutfi also said that when the ambulance arrived to take Britney Spears away, "she was very quiet... when I told her, she wrote me a note and put a big heart on it and it said, 'I love you, Sam. Are there people coming? Circle yes or no.'"

"Oh, my God, it was funny. Just the cutest little thing. I circled yes and I gave it back to her, and she looked at me and she's like, 'Oh, lord, here we go again.'"

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