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Britney -- Family at War

1/30/2008 3:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that it's all-out war in Britney Spears' family.
Britney Spears' family
As TMZ has been reporting for weeks, people behind the scenes in Britney's life have been gearing up for an intervention -- which is now officially underway. There is a lot of behind-the-scenes anger surrounding the intervention, and the anger is directed at one Sam Lutfi, Brit's constant companion.

Yesterday, Sam called TMZ's Harvey Levin, with Britney by Sam's side, and told us Britney's family "barged in" to her home Monday night. Sam said of the family, "They have an agenda. Their agenda is jealously because they don't fit in. I do. They see her three times a year."

Click to launch!Britney was standing by the phone during Lutfi's conversation with Levin. Lutfi claimed he did not force Britney to buy a new Mercedes yesterday as the family claimed. He asked Brit, "Did I force you to buy a car." In a heavy southern accent she responded, "No." He continued, "Do I ever bug you." She replied, "We argue."

Lutfi said Britney's mom is fine with him -- it's her dad who's problem, claiming he's been verbally abusive to Brit and physically abusive to Sam. Family sources tell TMZ they believe Sam is a "megalomaniac" who is motivated by "evil."

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Britney Being Treated for Her Disease

If you think Britney Spears doesn't give a crap about getting help for her condition, think again.
Britney Spears
Multiple sources tell TMZ Britney has seen numerous doctors. We know that she's seen a new psychiatrist who has come to her home every day this week and that she's on medication to treat her bipolar disease. We also know doctors have indeed concluded she suffers from bipolarity.

Britney has seen doctors who have been referred by other doctors, plus doctors who have been referred by celebrities Britney knows, and doctors referred by her lawyers, family and friends. We're told the process has been excruciating for her, partly because her disease is severe.

Sources tell slightly different stories about the efficacy of the medication. A friend says when Britney takes her medicine she is like "a different person -- normal and sweet." But she takes her meds for a while and then feels as if she can live without it -- so she stops taking them -- and her condition quickly deteriorates. But a professional tells TMZ flatly, "The medication just isn't working."

That same professional tells TMZ, "She's really trying. Whether it works -- we'll have to see." That person also says it's extremely frustrating when the media shows video of Britney out on the town acting crazy, adding, "She has a disease. Sometimes when you see her she's in the middle of an episode. It's like mocking someone with Down syndrome."

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1.

bear    

I thought it was another fellow that Britney bought the car for. Is not Luft her manager? I thought Britney bought her new friend a car. Whatever, in my opinion Britney's mom for sure and maybe her dad are toxic parents. Their behavior has demonstrated it over and over. Toxic families like to keep control over each member. Britney has been trying to break free. They want her money. They have lived off of her fame. They want to control her still. Britney's mom is true toxic. A loving mom would have been on her daughter's side before and after the divorce. She would have told K-Fed where to go for hurting her daughter. If Britney had other issues going on emotionally her mom should have helped her without judgement or hurt. She should have stood up for her always about the children and then quietly helped Britney if there were other issues. To me this is not a loving mom, but a toxic abusive one. She and K-fed likely are buddies.- their goal is the same.

2367 days ago
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tina    

If I were Britney's father I'd trry to knock those guys out too. Whether anyone likes it or not, they are her parents. It's about time they walk back in and get rid of all these idiots that are ruining their daughter. How dare the manager get in between
them If I were them, I'd move away and take my daughter with me

2367 days ago
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loving the cooter    

Good for you Brit on seeking help. You will never be fully cured, keep taking the meds! Get a medical marijuana card if you have to to get better.

2367 days ago
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thomas santa barbara    

If the media would quit following Brittney Spears around and reporting on everything she does, she wouldnt be newsworkthy. Just leave her alone and no one wil really care what she does. Stop paying attention to her and she will go away quietly and quickly. She craves the attaention and is willing to give the media something to write about. Just leave her alone and she wont be newsworthy.

2367 days ago
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flaming homo    

F________ ALL YOU STPID A___ M__________F__________S!

I'm sorry, you guys didn't deserve that.

Well, actually you are all s bunch of SOB's

so...F________ ALL YOU STPID A___ M__________F__________S!

thank you for your time


2367 days ago
6.

erin    

I think everyone should leave Britney alone..I can not imagine what it would be like to be hounded constantly by paparrazzi, media, and fans all the time. Everyone passes judgment on her, but I wish you would all look in your own closets. I am sure you have a brother, sister, parent, or friend who at one time or another became addicted or had a nervous breakdown...If you haven't then God bless you.. , but back off because you need to remember What comes around goes around.! Britney was America's Sweetheart... Now, she's sick so what do we do..we challenge her, maybe if we're lucky she will become another tragedy like Anna Nicole, Marilyn Monroe or Heath Ledger. Is that what the world wants? I sure don't.. PEOPLE and PAPPARAZZI wake up.. leave the girl alone, let her find herself again and maybe just maybe if we are all lucky we might just SAVE A LIFE..
Britney.. I hope one day God Blesses you with Peace and Serenity in your life and that you finally find people who can help you..

2367 days ago
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lorrie    

If everyone would leave her alone,she couldd work on getting better. and to say that her actions are of a down syndrome person,is maddning. we as a society need to realize when we go to far with a star it has damaging affects. even the toughest personality has a weakness. so we all need to back off!! before we push her to far. please allow her the time to heal and get better.

2367 days ago
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Debra    

Britney - let your family close they are the "ONLY ONES" who you can trust at this time, everyone else has an agenda.

2367 days ago
9.

jessie    

they just need to just leave britney alone!!!!


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2367 days ago
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loving the cooter    

I'm no fan of Brit's parents, or should I say her birthing parents, she really had no parents. But, this Sam guy seems to be a problem, not a solution. Of course he will fight to the death to hang on and live on Brit's dime. Brit needs to realize she has no friends in her circle. Otherwise, one would have already helped her seek help. That is what a true friend would do if they seen one of their friends spiral out of control.

2367 days ago
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RICH SANTANA    

I FEEL FOR HER RICH OR POOR BI-POLAR IS SERIOUS. IKNOW I SUFFER FROM SEVERE DEPRESSION AND READ BI POLAR AND MET PEOPLE AND THEY TELL ME WHAT IT IS LIKE. THEY ARE VERY INTELLIGENT ARTISTIC PEOPLE-THEY TEND TO BE BEETHOVEN WAS BI POLAR! I SUFFER SEVERE DEPRESSION AND IT IS HORRIBLE I CAN NOT DRINK-DEPRESSANT AND I NEED TO TAKE MY MEDS REGULARLY. SO SHE HAS TO TAKE HER MEDS REGULARLY AS INDICATED AND TALK HER PROBLEMS TO A GOOD FRIEND AND A PSYCHOLOGIST. THAT IS UP TO HER. WE CAN MANY TIME BE OUR OWN WORST ENEMIES!! I AM SPEAKING FOR MYSELF. GOOD LUCK BRITNEY IF YOU DO FOLLOW MY ADVICE TAKE YOUR MEDS REGULARLY AND THERAPY YOU WILL BE FINE RICH OR POOR. MONEY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT! IT IS UNCHEMICAL BALANCE LIKE ME HONEY!

LOVE YOU ALWAYS

RICH SANTANA-rss1021@hotmail.com 754-234-3992

2367 days ago
12.

Just Me    

As a mother, my heart aches for Britney... I'd like to have her parents arrested, if it were possible, for not stepping up to help their daughter.

I so hope someone steps up and helps this kid... by the way, isn't an intervention supposed to be sort of a secret prior to the event?? TMZ sucks in the biggest way.

go report personal stuff about members of your own families and see how it feels to have your life all over the internet.

2367 days ago
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Pam    

pLEASE.... A LOVING MOM WOULD BE ON THE SIDE OF THE CHILDREN - bRITNEY IS A SICK WHACKO AND k-FED, WHILE NOT EXACTLY FATHER OF THE YEAR, IS DOING A BIT BETTER.
tHE ONLY PEOPLE WHO DESERVE ANY CONCERN OR COMPASSION IN THIS HORRIBLE SOAP OPERA ARE THE LITTLE GUYS. mE THINKS bRITNEY KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT SHE IS DOING AND SHE HAS SHHOWN THAT THE CHILDREN ARE not HER #1 PRIORITY. NOW SHE HAS TO LIVE WITH THE CONSEQUENCES. SO SPRE HER THE TEARS, FOLKS, SHE DOES NOT DESERVE THEM.

a TRUE LOVING MOM WOULD BE ON THE SIDE OF THE CHILDREN, NOT ENABLE THE TRASH QUEEN AND LET GO OF THE TRASH QUEEN.

2367 days ago
14.

Lil Kenny    

ABOUT BRITNEY: WHO CARES??!!

2367 days ago
15.

I Love Cali    

Leave Britney alone!!

God Bless YOU Britney.

1 TIMOTHY 6:10 (The Holy Bible)
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

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