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The federal judge in the Britney Spears conservatorship case has issued an order extending the restraining order against Sam Lutfi.

The ultra-shady pal of Britney formally got served with the restraining order yesterday afternoon after weeks of deftly avoiding it.

Britney Concert Pic

According to the order, Sam Lutfi must stay at least 250 feet away from Britney - and also have zero phone contact with her - through March 17.

What's more, a judge ruled that Lutfi has been properly served with legal papers after the douchebag's rep had challenged the service of process.

A photo taken in January of Sam Lutfi and Britney Spears, who he used to drug, verbally abuse and otherwise manipulate. What are friends for, right?

The federal judge has already indicated the case is headed back to state court, rejecting the recent, bizarre legal challenge to the conservatorship.

Lutfi has other problems, too, namely the LAPD investigation by the Robbery Homicide Division of his allegedly drugging Britney Spears.

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Sam Lutfi was formally served today with a temporary restraining order to keep him away from Britney Spears, People reports this afternoon.

The order was sought by the temporary co-conservators of Spears' $100 million estate - her father Jamie Spears and attorney Andrew Wallet.

A restraining order was obtained weeks ago, but Lutfi had managed to avoid getting formally served with it - which is required for it to take hold.

Until today, that is. Beeyotch.

Osama Lutfi had been accused by Britney's mother, Lynne Spears, of drugging and verbally abusing the struggling singer, trying to control her every move.

Britney Spears has been hospitalized twice already in 2008 and recently spent six days in the UCLA psychiatric ward.

Reports say Sam Lutfi was served at 11 a.m. PST as he left his apartment in West Los Angeles. Finally, they tracked him down. You got served, sucka!

The restraining order, which forbids Sam Lutfi from getting within 250 yards of Spears, her homes and her family's homes, alleges:

"Mr. Lutfi has drugged Britney Spears. He has cut Britney's home phone line and removed her cell phone chargers. He claims to control everything."

More details to come.

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Law enforcement sources report that the LAPD investigation into Sam Lutfi allegedly drugging Britney Spears is well underway.

According to TMZ, the case has been assigned to Robbery Homicide, primarily because of the very sensitive nature of the allegations and the intense media scrutiny surrounding everything connected to Britney Spears.

Investigators have interviewed several witnesses regarding the drugs in Britney Spears' system at the time she was most recently committed.

Sources close to the investigation say it was temporarily derailed because of the death of an LAPD SWAT officer, but it's now back on track.

BAD SEED: The investigation of Sam Lutfi will conclude in March.

Mother Lynne Spears alleges that before her daighter was hospitalized - the second time - her supposed friend and manager, Sam Lutfi, drugged Britney.

As conservator of Britney's estate, her father, Jamie Spears, has obtained a restraining order against Lutfi. This bars him from contacting her.

In a strange twist, a New York lawyer - claiming Britney herself hired him - has challenged the conservatorship in federal court, though a judge isn't buying it.

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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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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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