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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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just because brit had some drinks does not mean she's a bad mom. maybe k-fed had some drinks in his home and the judge don't know about it.

2540 days ago

S. Sutton    

Brittany is a wonderful singer and performer, why do we as a society forget that? what she does in her personal life should be left private. oh, and the swamp trash commenter is obviously just tired of masturbating to the same old brit upskirts. what a douchebag.

i love ya britt. keep your head up.

2540 days ago


Britney needs to grow up !!! her first mistake was marrying Federline - he is a gold-digger.
her next biggest mistake was having kids. i have a 13 yr old daughter who is more mature than she is !!

2540 days ago


Omigosh Justin you broke her heart! Look what she has turned into! Could you imagine how much more adorable their babies would have been?

2540 days ago

Don Palm Desert , Ca    

Neither one of them deserve to be Role Models or Parents.There are people out there that want kids, these 2 f---- ups, Shouldnt even own animals......
Don ( Palm Desert, Ca)

2540 days ago


We need to STOP sensationalizing personal ignorance of celebrities. Unless it is a walk on the "red carpet" , opening night of a feature film , ect. ect. ect. Who really cares Paris Hilton went to jail? Brittney Spears chooses to be a failure as a mother? Or Robert Downey had drug issues? Thats is liife, visit your local court room to see the same issues right in your community. By publicizing personal isssues you are glorifying their behavior to our children. The Media needs to STOP!

2540 days ago


::sigh:: wow what a big hot streamin mess. I wouldn't usually take the time to even comment here...but simply put: She needs help. Serious HELP. We're all watching the train wreck happen slow motion.....terrible. ::shaking head::....I'm a single mom and I know it can be hard raising even one kid on your own. This girl needs a good support system behind her to find that strength to GROW UP and GET IT TOGETHER!!! Her parents gave her horrible direction.....that's really sad. Even when you're grown you need someone to mentally slap you upside the head to realize the reality of some S#&^!

2540 days ago


TMZ may report it David, but if she didn't do wouldn't be reported would it? She needs to take some responsibility here and grow up.

2540 days ago


How would any of us know what kind of mother Brittney is?All we know is what these magazines publish to make billions of dollars and it seems as though trashing this young lady is the only way they can cash in.What a shame that it'll only be those children that suffer.Maybe the media needs to take a break now.

2540 days ago


I think the judge was fair, he told her what she needed to do,before coming back to court, from what i can tell is that she is not ready for all the resposablite for thoses boys, I hope Kevin is better....................

2540 days ago


This dizzy-freak-broad, with tons of money, nannies, nurses, cooks, bodyguards etc. still cannot manage faking a normal life. What a piece of poop.

2540 days ago

Lisa marie    


2540 days ago

wendy bernard    

It's too bad Britney is suffering from the Yoko Ono recognition of John Lennon when she realized that he was behaving out of control(remember the kotex on his head incident in Hollywood). First of all we should all back off Britney because she is trying to defend herself from our onslaught of comments. Secondly, someone who can reach her should genuinely reach out to her and talk to her about what we all see happening that she can't see. Everyone should stop trying to make a buck off of her. If we really care we should try to to calm her down and help her to understand what is happening. It is obvious that she is not currently emotionally prepared to take care of her children so give her a break. She can afford it financially, but not emotionally. She needs some time to see what we all see and to decide for herself what values in life are the most important. Maybe we all need to leave her alone so she can think things through with some genuine friendship from someone instead of the short circuit of attention pleasers who seem to dominate her life. Britney please calm down and listen . You don't have to prove anything to anybody. Just let someone who can help you into your life. Believe that there are a lot of real people who care for you, just let them . It's okay tp make mistakes, just learn from them .Hey Jude!!!!

2540 days ago


Is she really a bad mom? What about all the other women is Amercia that does worst things to their kids and noboby does anything about it. True I do think that she need some type of help/counseling but really "what makes her a slut or whore?" That comment could have been kept to yourself. This issue with Britney Spears is not that important because we have other kids in the world that really need someone's help and attention. The media is just making this out to be more then what it really is. A Guardian Ad Litem needs to be appointed for the kids because everyone else has the best interest of K-Fed of Britney on their mind and not thinking about the kids.

2540 days ago


I think Brittany did wrong by not complying with the Judge's demands regarding staying clean etc. So basically she brought it upon herself to have her children removed from her custody. 2nd, everyone goes through changes, everyone has been hurt once, twice or maybe more by someone they really love, but Brittany is not a strong person, she is WEAK. A strong person will brush their shoulders off and move on and be the best that they can be not only for themselves but for their children/family. She knew what she was getting herself into when she got involved with K-Fed. So it is what it is. I pray that she has the ability to clean her act up and make some hit records and be the best MOMMY ever.

2540 days ago
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