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Brit's Lawyer to Judge -- You're Not a Pop Star

11/8/2007 2:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Britney Spears' lawyer has just told the Commissioner in the custody case that he just don't understand what it takes to be a pop star.

As TMZ first reported, K-Fed's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, went to court this morning, arguing that Brit's visitation should be modified because she's violating the order requiring her to respond to the drug-testing people within an hour of the time they call.

High-powered lawyer Anne Kiley, who reps Brit, told the judge her client has received calls as early as 8:00 AM. Kiley said pop stars don't get up that early, adding, "You are not a pop star with a number one album, so you don't know." The courtroom erupted in laughter.

Apparently, Kiley got her message across, because the Commish is open to a more flexible timetable that works for Brit.

They're back in court at 10:30 AM PST. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Both sides came back to court and told the judge they had not yet reached an agreement. They said they needed more time to talk and will present a complete plan to the court by Tuesday at Noon.

Commissioner Gordon reiterated that Britney Spears must provide a single, working telephone number to be called in for drug testing. K-Fed's attorney told the court that of the 14 calls from the company assigned to perform the random tests on the popwreck, she failed to respond eight times. The Commish did not change the current visitation order, so everything remains as he ordered on October 26. One item he did order: Brit must notify her lawyer immediately when she changes her cell phone number. Apparently, she changes her number as often as she changes her clothes, and he's over it! He told her attorney that she must then immediately contact Kevin's lawyer, and then call the drug testing facility. That's some phone tree!

The judge told her lawyer, "Basically, the testing facility needs a number they can call and get a response."

They'll be back in court on November 26.

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91.

CoolGirl2008    

Britney's not a popstar. She can;t even sing or dance live.

2538 days ago
92.

ME    

WHY SHOULD THERE BE ANY SPECIAL RULES FOR HER DUMBASS. SHE CAN'T GET UP BECAUSE SHE'S OUT PARTYING ALL DAMN NIGHT. I'M SICK OF THIS BEYATCH YA'LL.

2538 days ago
93.

AZ MOMMY    

^5 Nick...GREAT comment!

I don't understand why continues to receive special treatment. Give me a break. I guess she didn't read that being a parent is a 24/7 job. You don't get time off.

And that has got to be THE lamest excuse I have ever heard from anyone to justify ones action. The commish may not know how to be a popstar but I'm guessing that he does know how to be a responsible member of society.

2538 days ago
94.

Sick of people calling her the victim    

Oh for god's sakes. What a circus. I would be embarrassed to be her lawyer.

2538 days ago
95.

Kenbo    

There is no reason 8:00 am should be too early. Contrary to #9's comment, having an hour to resond doesn't mean she has to show up for testing within 1 hour, it means she has to return the call to schedule her appointment for testing.

If she really wanted to comply with the courts and get her kids back, she would be willing to accept a call at any time of day or night.

2538 days ago
96.

I don't think so!!!    


ANN RILEY HAS GOT IT WRONG, BRITNEY IS ACTUALLY #2, SINCE SALES OF THE EAGLES' NEW ALBUM ARE MORE NUMEROUS THAN BRITNEY'S. BILLBOARD DECIDED TO CONSIDER THOSE FIGURES, EVEN THOUGH THE ONLY OUTLET FOR THE EAGLE'S ALBUM AT PRESENT IS WAL-MART.

BOO, SUCKS TO BE #2!!!

2538 days ago
97.

bear    

There is some truth to it. However, as a mom early mornings are a given, so I am a little confused as to why she cannot get up.
It is so sad though as I watched several video clips of Britney pre K-fed. She was a beautiful confident young woman. Now you see what a user and abuser does to someone. He came in like a bull-dozer and destroyed her life in every aspect he could. I know that she can come back, but it takes awhile to find your life and confidence again. And with the papparazzi helping K-fed along with his abuse of her- it is almost impossible. She gave birth to two healthy baby boys that were not hurt by alcohol or drug abuse. While she needed him, Kfed was partying and spending. He only become 'The Great Dad' when she filed for divorce and his money depended on getting custody.

2538 days ago
98.

I don't think so!!!    


THE EAGLES ARE OFFICIALLY #1. THE LAWYER SHOULD GET HER FACTS STRAIGHT.

2538 days ago
99.

the DQ    

#9 - she only has to RESPOND to the call within one hour not jump out of bed and run down there to pee.

This spells it out clearly and gives her skanky arse 6 HOURS to get there.

"PETITIONER SHALL PROVIDE HER URINE SPECIMIN WITHIN SIX HOURS OF TELEPHONIC NOTIFICATION FROM THE TESTING FACILITY AT THE TELEPHONE NUMBER WHICH SHE PROVIDED TO THE TESTING FACILITY AND COUNSEL. THE PETITIONER SHALL NOTIFY THE TESTING FACILITY AND COUNSEL FOR EACH OF THE PARTIES FORTHWITH IF SHE CHANGES THIS TELEPHONE NUMBER. THREE ATTEMPTS OVER THE COURSE OF AT LEAST ONE HOUR TO CONTACT PETITIONER AT THE TELEPHONE NUMBER SHE PROVIDED TO THE TESTING FACILITY WITHOUT A RESPONSE FROM THE PETITIONER SHALL CONSTITUTE A FAILURE TO TEST PURSUANT TO THE COURT'S PRIOR ORDERS."

2538 days ago
100.

Jennifer    

LOL! This is cracking me up. If this was any 'normal' person we would be expected to be there within the hour. No matter what time the call was placed. I would wonder why she can't report within an hour. Perhaps hiding something in that pee? I know it's not as easy to do as it used to be, but still. There's always the possibility. Get your arse up outta bed, Brit. Get that Startoots to get you going. Up an' at em!

2538 days ago
101.

Disturbed    

Lawyer: Brit Failing Drug-Testing Procedures, Missed 8 out of 14 Tests
A lawyer for Kevin Federline alleged that Britney Spears has failed to follow drug-testing procedures, missing eight of 14 drug tests, at an emergency hearing in their ongoing custody battle at L.A. Superior Court Thursday.
He alleged that Spears, 25 — who has been called to submit twice-weekly random drug and alcohol tests — has not been able to be reached for results within the hour, a court-ordered deadline.
"There have been 14 requests and only eight have been responded to," Kaplan told Court Commissioner Scott Gordon. "We have been in court on this exact issue at least three times."
Spears' attorney Anne Kiley shot back, calling the tests "unconstitutional.
"Since October 5 there have been 10 negative drug tests," she said, adding, "the idea that she needs to respond within the hour is meaningless.
"Is the issue that Britney Spears needs to get up at 8:30 a.m. and answer the phone?" she went on. "She's a pop star with a No. 1 album. She is not up that early." [Spears' album was actually No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200.]
Gordon fired back: "She needs to take responsibility. The issue is to see if she can follow a court order.
"Since we started this, there have been lost phones, changed numbers, voicemails being left on someone else's voice mail....
"Maybe we should set up a fixed appointment for her to be tested," he said. "The point is we cannot continue to do these weekly ex-parte motions."
A source tells “the hour that they test [Spears] is very important. If she’s out partying the night before, that would be reflected. That’s why it’s an important issue to Kevin and his attorney.”
Lawyers will reconvene later today to set up a new plan for testing.
Spears and Federline were not present.

2538 days ago
102.

Lola La Pistola    

The reason Britney has to pay the court fees is not because FedEx is a loser and doesn't have money of his own. Britney has to pay the court fees because it is HER behavior and bad parenting that has her in this pickle to begin with. If she were just smart enough and cared about her kids enough, she'd get her lazy ass out of bed at 8:00 AM (I've already been at work for an hour by 8:00 AM) and do what's expected of her and what is necessary to get custody of her kids back. What else does she have to do besides shop? C'mon now. Stop blaming others. It's HER fault and her's alone. She's paying the court fees because it's her fault they are even in court.

2538 days ago
103.

Shanna    

She should have to meet the same standards that everyone else does. If she can go shopping all the time (clothes, houses, coffee, etc) then she should be able to pencil in a drug test.

The only reason that people are buying her album is because they want a piece of history - when the poptart dies it might be worth what they paid for it.

2538 days ago
104.

Rhonda    

If she did not get there as per KFed expectations this would be par for course as he doesn't understand a working schedule. Maybe she was on a video shoot and they called and she could not just drop everything. Kfed you can't have your cake and eat it too! One of the parents has to work and we all know it is not you!! Quit trying to take her kids in lieu of money.

2538 days ago
105.

GrannyJ    

The bleached blonde bimbo from hell strikes again! When are they (court & lawyers) going to finally get that she's no better than anyone else? Wait! I can answer that myself - never!

2538 days ago
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