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Britney Sprung from Joint

1/5/2008 3:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has confirmed that Britney Spears has been released from Cedars-Sinai hospital, following an explosive morning in which she was done, done, done with it!

Sources say the hospital released her without notifying any of the principals involved in the ongoing kiddie drama. So, you ask, how could she have been released so quickly, given that she had been declared a danger to herself and others?

We're told the "5150 hold" means that she can be held against her will for a max of 72 hours, but if the hospital determines she is no longer a danger, they can release her before that.

UPDATE: Additional sources now tell TMZ Cedars absolutely made the decision on its own -- without consulting any of the lawyers in the case. We're told it is Cedars policy (and the policy of other California hospitals) to evaluate whether the "danger" has subsided at any point during the 72-hour hold.

As we have reported, even though there is significant evidence that Brit has a bipolar disorder, Cedars cannot hold her against her will to treat such a problem. If doctors determine she is no longer a danger, they must let her go -- pure and simple.

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Kasey    

Hopefully, she is going to a rehab clinic.

2391 days ago
17.

donna ma    

203. She is NOT Bipolar!!!!! She is only a heartbroken woman acting in caged rage of understandable anger! This yerk is the biggest evil envious money hungry ahole that has ever lived!!! Any other reasonable man would have allowed a mother a few more moments with her children that night but noo not this kreep!!! He took advantage of the situation only to gain full custody!!!! and now he is trying to lead people to think he is the good guy and parent!!!! Please people!!!! This kreep is destroying this woman!!!! IT is so clear why she hates him so much!!!! He breaks her heart, takes her money and continues to emotionaly abuse her and now takes her children!!! Im sorry but this kind of man would drive any woman crazy!!!!! I know all my friends would have kicked his ass to the curve several times by now! Britney needs someone like Queen Latifa to back her up and help her like only she can and give her some proper advise as to how men like Kfed need to be treated like the snake he realy is!!!!! Britney hope you get the time you need to gather yourself get a hold off all that understandable anger you have and stop acting on emotional impolses and come back with some serious avengions!!!

2391 days ago
18.

cj    

I hope Cedars Sinai does a comprehensive investigation into those sources reporting to TMZ about this patient.
And I hope TMZ does a better job in the future of drawing the line.

2391 days ago
19.

Jean    

This is NOT GOOD! She is definitely mentally ill. It was a BIG MISTAKE on their part for letting her go without a diagnosis. If something happens to her or she ends up unintentionally harming her kids, they will be held responsible.

2391 days ago
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2391 days ago
21.

John    

They should have held her for 365 days.

2391 days ago
22.

from Canada    

119. My friend works @ Cedars as a nurse on the floor where Britney is. Britney has spat on the medical staff, thrown food and keeps pulling IV's out. Her dad is there but she refuses to see him. She had to get her phone removed from her room because she keeps calling people to come and get her. (Not sure if it was her cell or a regular hospital phone.) She wanted to order food from restraunts and also wants to light up a smoke. They have caught her smoking... Yes, this is a girl who wants to make the rules not change herself. She is going to go right down the tubes quickly. All the staff can do is roll their eyes....

FACE IT SHE'S CRAZY, COO COO COO COO, HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE IF SHE DOESN'T TAKE ADVISE THIS TIME AND GET THE MEDICAL HELP AND STICK TO IT

Posted at 12:26PM on Jan 5th 2008 by HomerTheSimpson

2391 days ago
23.

SanityLost    

you have got to be kidding me! they just let her go home??? They @ least should have kept her until her next hearing, @ minimum

2391 days ago
24.

mizzamerica    

she cant harm the kids she cant see them , thank god

2391 days ago
25.

smb    

How can you people say that you wish she would kill herself? Do you even realize how horrible a thing to say that is? Despite her celebrity, she IS a person...albeit a very sick one. I mean, c'mon. I understand bitching about the mistakes she's made and judging her behavior with her children, but wishing someone would kill themselves? I think the people who need mental help right alongside brit might just be on this website.

2391 days ago
26.

John    

she's going to end up getting hit by a bus. she's a looney toon, for god's sake. keep her locked up!

2391 days ago
27.

Seriously    

Darn them! Darn them ALL to HECK!!!! Weak hospital staff!!!! She can barely retain an attorney and they fell for her "bit"?!?!

2391 days ago
28.

Unhinged    

I hope Starbucks was ready for her arrival. :-)

If she's no longer a danger to herself or others, they can let her go. As to whether she has mental problems, that can still apply but forced lockup wouldn't apply. Good grief.

2391 days ago
29.

getting irritated    

Wrong again, TMZ. 5150 mandates 72 hours, but some people can also be admitted WITHOUT a 5150, but with the fear that a 5150 MAY be necessary. The fact that she was released indicates that a 5150 was never actually submitted.
This stuff is SO easy to research, it is a shame TMZ doesn't really care to take the time before posting. They usually change their article later after they read comments, which shows how uninterested they are in responsible journalism.

2391 days ago
30.

Ellie    

I really hope Britney is o.k. to be out this soon. Maybe her tantrums at the hospital really got to the staff and they just let her go.

I hope she is just a *Spoiled* brat without a mental condition,


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