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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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As out of control as Britney has been, this is an issue of compliance. All she had to do was follow the orders of court. And it appears she ignored pretty much everything. Her defiance is why she doesn't have her kids right now.

Courts are very relunctant to remove kids from their mother. But once you're in the crosshairs of the courts you've got to do what they tell you to do. Brit doesn't seem all that interested in anyone telling her anything, including a judge who can decide whether or not she has custody of her kids.

People can say what they want about KFed, but Kevin proves that you don't have to be parent of the year. You just have to listen to your lawyer, listen to the judge, and keep a low profile. And in all honesty, he could've did what he's doing much sooner. He could've snatched those kids and went for permanent custody while Brit was in rehab and she wouldn't have had a leg to stand on. But he didn't do that. He watching her self-destruct like the rest of the world. The old saying is true - you give someone enough rope, they eventually hang themselves.

2523 days ago


She is probably greatly relieved to be rid of those kids.

Anyone ever see them smile? No. Don't they always look tired and dirty? yes. She's just another too-young "mother" but one who gets nothing for "taking care" of her kids. They are a hinderance ot her party.

A lot of these young mothers dragging kids aound do so because they get checks from the gov't, and those children look and act like Spears' kids.

2523 days ago

ted moses    

Brittany has a major esteem problem covered up by a phony ego . That is why she needs to be wooed and cooed by so many. Sad to say, it will take her a lifetime to finally realize what she has destroyed in her short life.

2523 days ago

Daniel Dacher    

Britney's perfect: making a right turn while driving without a valid license while talking on her cell phone and her kids are innocently waiting in the backseat to be killed by this drunk driver-- Yeah, girl!--Wohh!--Is that a cigarette in your other hand? . . .You depict the perfect blonde, Britney!--Grow up! You're a mother with some serious responsibilities! Your time is done! No more stages! If I were the judge, you would 'wake up!' because you can't really-rreally be this--what you are perfectly depicting--STUPID?

2523 days ago

Sherry Grabeman    

Actuallly I think it is funny and sad at the time. When kids have tons of money---things like this happen. Where are the parents? Why didn't they get custody? I do feel for the children. One day they will leearn all about this and kids will probably make fun of them

On the other hand.....this girl has turned into a skank. I guess licking Madonna's tongue was a spell. She dresses like a whore and her face.....what happened? Brittney was a cute girl and had some hit songs. Now she has baggy eyes that are dark around the eye...stringy hair and looks unkept. Go to Micheal's Salon Brit. It has to be an improvement compared to what she is now. She missed a drug test and continues to party and drink which shows she has placed before her children. So yes I enjoy watching "Miss Brit" spiral downward. Her children will be better off without her. Suicide or not....?....I will not lose a minutes sleep.

2523 days ago


Britney who?

2523 days ago

Sherry Grabeman    

People are jealouos because they do not look as good as her? Are you serious?
Brittney is a skank/whore. Pops out kids and cannot take care of them! Her hair is stringy...bags under her eyes with dark circles and generally looks unkept anymore. And you think I am jealous of "that"? Drinks nightly has friends that go to jail (where she should be) and "Probably" is a druggie. Yeah missy I want to be like her. Her children will be better off without her. And she really should not be around. PERIOD..

2523 days ago

Sherry Grabeman    

No you idiot men are not allowed to be a whore (man) no more and no less than a woman.

2523 days ago

Sherry Grabeman    

Brittney commits suicide!!!! People are so "concerned" about the possibility of her killing herself.

***I say go for it. if that is what you want to do...then you never need those kids again. I will not have to listen to the news and hear your name. And I will not lose a seconds sleep. Those kids need to be adaopted out. but k fed is ALOT better than Brit.

2523 days ago

Sherry Grabeman    

if she dies....she dies. so let it be written so let it be done. (Moses)

2523 days ago

Michael Haase    

How reality gets defined:
2005: K-Fed is a partying loser who just cares about fame and wealth.
2007: K-Fed is the sane and stable one! We're sorry!
I'm glad to see reason assert itself!

2523 days ago


"Not so Innocent" seems like an understatement now...Irony, or typical???

2523 days ago

Karmic Kowgirl    

The press is being overly malicious to Britney. Give it a break and ease up!
This is not necessary.

2523 days ago

Doug in SC    

You have to admit this is not about Britney Spears - This is about how many times you can say TMZ did this or did that - I agree with one of the other commentors that you are as much to blame as she is. It is time for you look at TMZ and ask how trashy you are. You know I am 58 years young and my wife of 35 years lived in a trailor for 7 years - raised two children - Thank God most people have more intelligence than who ever runs TMZ - I am pretty sure you all live in a trailor Park.

2523 days ago


I understand people feel sorry for Britney. But she has really done very little to suggest she even wants her kids. It's not that hard for a mother to keep custody of her children. All she had to do was comply with the judge's orders. And she has gone out of her way to not do anything.

Yesterday, while it was not required for Kevin or Britney to be in court, wouldn't it have been a good idea to at least show up?? Kevin did. This is what I mean when I say she doesn't even act like she wants her kids.

And everybody blaming TMZ or the paparazzi needs a reality check. If Britney wasn't out there acting a fool, they would have nothing to report. She's got too many people enabling her as it is. She doesn't need anybody else making excuses for her bad behavior. She's got 2 kids. It's time for her to be responsible. And she's not being responsible because she doesn't want to be responsible. She won't listen to anybody. She's alienated and driven away everyone who cares about her. She's had lawyers quit, PR firms quit, longtime assistants quit. That's not TMZ or the paparazzi. That's someone who for whatever reason, isn't the least bit interested in doing right with her life.

2523 days ago
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