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Why Britney Lost Custody of Her Kids

10/3/2007 11:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Britney SpearsWe now know exactly what went down in court Monday when L.A .County Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon stripped Britney Spears of physical custody of Sean Preston and Jayden James.

As we first reported, Britney didn't follow a number of conditions the Commish laid down. But sources tell us three factors were the last straws for Gordon.

Britney was supposed to sign a document that would have given the green light for a custody evaluator to conduct psychological evaluations. Commissioner Gordon ordered Spears to get the signed document to Mark Vincent Kaplan, K-Fed's lawyer, by Monday at 10:00 AM or appear in court. She did neither.

- The judge ordered both Kevin and Britney to submit proof they had valid California driver's licenses and insurance. He also ordered that neither party drive with the children if they didn't have the proper license. Over the weekend, TMZ posted video of Spears driving with the kids in Malibu. She did not have a California license at the time. The TMZ posting was discussed in court and the Commish was pissed off.

- The biggest reason for the change was Thursday night, Britney was at Sutra nightclub in Newport Beach. TMZ shot video inside the club. Various people say they saw her drinking alcohol after midnight. According to Gordon's order on Sept. 17, neither Britney nor K-Fed were allowed to consume alcohol within 12 hours of the time they obtained physical custody of the kids. We know Britney picked the children up at 12 noon on Friday, which means she would have violated Gordon's order.

In short, Gordon was ticked off that Britney thumbed her nose at the court. Stay tuned.

Clooney to Fan -- Hello, the Lens Cap!

Note to fans: When you ask your favorite star to take a picture with you, make sure your camera's working. And take off the lens cap. And check the battery.

TMZ spotted Clooney outside of his New York hotel, where a fan from Berlin (who said he'd been waiting five days to snag a snap with George) finally got his chance for a pic. Except, uh, dude, "It's not open," said George, pointing to the lens. Panicking, the kid tried in vain to get the cam to work -- gevalt! -- but a kindly paparazzo saved the day.

Apparently, German time also moves slower -- the kid is grateful that Clooney waited "like, 10 minutes" for him, when it was really about 10 seconds. One thing moving faster was George's injured galpal, Sarah Larson, who was spotted off crutches for the first time since injuring her ankle in the couple's motorcycle accident last week.

Bonaduce Bloodies "Survivor" Star

Danny Bonaduce: Click to watchDanny Bonaduce is a felony suspect.

Last night, at the FOX Reality Channel Really Awards, Bonaduce jumped on stage, picked up "Survivor" star Jonny Fairplay and slammed him on his face, causing him to lose a few teeth and break a toe.

Fairplay was taken to a nearby hospital, where police were called. TMZ cameras were rolling as the bloodied reality star was loaded into an ambulance. Some jerk can be heard taunting the injured Fairplay, yelling the phrase "Team Bonaduce" as he got into the ride.

Bonaduce is named as the suspect in a felony battery report.

On The Adam Carolla radio show today, Bonaduce said he's had a thing against Fairplay ever since he pulled the famous "grandmother stunt" on "Survivor," lying that she had died in order to get sympathy on the show.
Bonaduce on the Adam Corrola show
Danny said he thought the show was over and he was leaving, and Fairplay was on the stage, asking the audience why they were booing him. Danny says that as he walked by, he said, "They're booing him because they hate him."

Someone then asked Danny to go on stage and tell him that, which he says he did. Danny says he was off the first step of the stage when Fairplay suddenly ran at him, jumped on him and wrapped his legs around him.

Danny Bonaduce: Click to watchDanny says he didn't know if Fairplay was joking. He then says he grabbed the butt of Fairplay's jeans and threw him over his head, not realizing how light he was. Danny says Fairplay face planted into one of the seats behind him.

Bonaduce told TMZ his side of the story outside "The Adam Carolla Show" this morning -- check out the interview to hear how he says the fight went down. Danny says that he didn't start the dustup, and also reveals why he isn't worried about the cops.


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Britney, Britney.
Life is a bowl of cherries ..and sometimes you DO GET STUCK with the pitttttttts.
Honestly,to tell you the truth, its not fair to judge if we did any better with our kids. We just were not in the limelight or had a messy divorce hounding us at every corner we we should say..there go I, by the GRACE of God. Best wishes, for your future

2578 days ago


Good old America we put Brittany up on a pedestal like all the young stars ,so that we can knock them off and stomp them into the ground .Society sucks and those poor kids will pay for it . leave the Girl alone.

2578 days ago

David f    

Thats absolutley ridiculouse. Who do you people think you are that you can judge her? Britney is Britney being herself. I personally think she went through quite enough without having to deal with the poparazi or whatever judging every move she makes. You ppl call her trashy? I say your all trashy judgemental, very bored individuals who need to find someother way of preoccuping your time rather than degrading the poor woman.

2578 days ago


Why is Brittany on self-destruct? If she has a brain at all it is time she takes a good look at what she is doing. If everyone else sees it, why can't she?

2578 days ago


What is this world coming to that we glorify and feed into all this mess with Brittany and Kevin? They are both unfit and I commend the judge for taking those kids from Brit, but Kevin is no better. He just wants the money from Brittany, and it was probably planned from the beginning when he left his first set of kids. This stuff happens everyday. Brit just has to step up to the plate and be a woman and handle her business. Where's her family or those stupid friends now? These celebrities are no different from any of us it's just that they have a camera in their face making there business public. She needs to sit her ass down and detox and get her life together. I'm praying for you Brit but you have to do it for yourself..

2578 days ago


K-FED deserves custody, B S DESERVES jail time. The judge was not stern enough with Britard, but at least he got the kids with the right parent-K-FED. He should have ordered Britard sterilized then JAILED indefinitely.

2578 days ago


Think about this: Brit really does not want her kids, and by ignoring the various court orders, she knows she will lose custody - maybe permanently. And so she played the system to make it look as if the judge "took her kids away". Now she is free to party, stay out all night, or whatever.

2578 days ago


If you're going to post a comment, how about learning how to spell or use proper grammer?

Just because Brittany and Kevin are "celebrities" does not mean that they are above the law.
How would some of you out there feel if your ex was doing what Brittany's doing with your children? Same goes for Kevin's behavior. I know for d__n sure that neither one of them would ever be fit to be around my children!

2578 days ago


I'm glad Britney doesnt have custody anymore! She has been a bad mother from the start! It's not the kids fault their parents are screwed up! Yeah Yeah you might see all the bad and not so much of the good but I'm sure there isn't much good being done in this situation.

2578 days ago


Everyone, get off it! Brittany does not deserve those children! She is more concerned about her "career", if that's what you want to call it these days, than she is anything. Kevin may not be perfect, but he is showing some good sense about getting those children out of the enviroment that they are exposed to in Brittany's home. STOP DEFENDING HER ACTIONS! Think about the two innocent children that is affected!

2578 days ago


The thing everyone is ignoring is the fact she went against court orders, if she hadnt' she would still have her kids ....this in its self shows she is not responsiable . If she had wanted to keep her kids so bad wouldnt she have done what the court ask ? If you ask me she wanted the kids taken from her

2578 days ago


Britney seems to think that this is all a game and that she doesn't have to play by anyone's rules.

This little girl needs to GROW up!

I was a fan of her's - attended her concerts and bought CDs but I am fed up with this entitled attitude of hers. She needs to thank God that she has 2 healthy children. That she has a mom and sister that love her - a whole town behind her. There are thousands of artists who would love to be where she is and she has wasted it all.

The sad part is that the "business" will keep giving her chances because everyone likes a good comeback story.

GROW up Brit - for EVERYONE'S sake!

2578 days ago


Driving w/o a valid license...? In my state,TX, that is a jailable offense..I suspect CA is so as do we reconcile celebrity getting away with this...perhaps she is an illegal alien? As such she may well be exempt from Judges rules as some of our bretheren from south of the border are...just a thought

2578 days ago


Did her parents really raise her to be the spoiled little girl she is? They must be very proud of her.

2578 days ago


This is a terrible time for Ms. Spears. She needs her family and people who love her around her. She needs to look at her situation, take a break from Hollywood, stop trying to please everyone, especially the public. All she knows is the fantasy world with its' shallow people.
She will grow up and she and her children will be fine together. Ms. Spears is young and this is just a phase, all of you know it. Look at Patty Hearst. These are rich people that live in their own world, but when it's time to get real it happens. Only the people that are so interested and those that hang on to all of this tabliod mess is in a hissy.
So what the Heck! Oh look at the new Jena Bush! Quite lovely and all grown up!

2578 days ago
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