Britney Spears has already pulled a no-show at several hearings, including a pair of mandatory, court-ordered depositions, in her custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline over their two children, Sean Preston and Jayden James.
She has blamed her absence on everything from anxiety attacks (or so says her unofficial press secretary, Sam Lutfi) to the paparazzi. Legal sources are now saying, though, that if Britney skips the next one, she's in deep $h!t.
Sources close to the ongoing custody war between Britney and Kevin confirm that the "Gimme More" and "Piece of Me" singer is â€" once again â€" scheduled to be deposed by K-Fed's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, the first week in January.
However, as the train wreck mother of two has already blown off over a half-dozen previously scheduled attempts at being deposed by Kaplan â€" many insiders are convinced that Britney, 26, will be a no-show for this one as well.
Will Britney Spears bail on yet another custody hearing?
The consequences? "She could go to jail for contempt if she refuses to show," a legal experts told OK! Magazine. "That would be extreme for a child custody hearing, but not outside the realm of possibility given the circumstances."
More likely, explains the courtroom insider, is the possibility that team Federline could ask the court to impose additional monetary sanctions on Britney Spears, who is already paying most or all of Kevin's legal costs.
Would jail really be such a terrible thing for Britney right now? It's probably less rank than some of the gas stations she visits every day... and it's harder to kill yourself in jail as well, with no belt, shoelaces and the like. Just saying.