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Bitter Fight Over Brit in Hospital

1/31/2008 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Britney SpearsTMZ has learned there is a bitter fight underway as this story is published. It's taking place in the halls of UCLA Medical Center. As of right now, Jamie and Lynne Spears have been told they are not calling the shots in making medical decisions on behalf of Britney. Right now, it appears Sam Lutfi is in the driver's seat, but that could all change.

Sources tell us after Britney's stay at Cedars earlier this month, she had her lawyers draft paperwork making it clear she did not want her parents involved in making medical decisions on her behalf. We're told her dad had gone ballistic back then, screaming and swearing at Lutfi -- even pushing him -- in front of Britney.

As to what paperwork was signed, the cleanest thing would be if Britney signed a durable power of attorney, giving someone power to make medical decisions on her behalf in an emergency. We are told no such document was signed, but somehow Britney made it clear she wanted Lutfi to make those decisions.

Right now, the doctors at UCLA are working with Lutfi and not the parents, but lawyers have been called and the tension in the air is thick. We're told Jamie was screaming at Sam in the hallway, accusing him of trying to control his daughter's mind.

As for Britney, we're told she's not only calm, the doctors have just given her a "cigarette break!"

Stay tuned.

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16.

Tyler    

I LOVE U BRITNEY

GET WELL SOON!!!!

2269 days ago
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PUBLIC SAFETY IS AT STAKE    

All these leeches and hangers-on need to let the poor girl get help now.

Step back and let the doctors step in!!!

2269 days ago
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redbird    

hang in there brits family, God please help her, please intervene for her. if she is getting the wrong meds or being wrongly diaganosised, this could cause her strange behavior. frankly i believe brit is haveing what they called in the old day s a nervouse breakdown, and a person like lurfi is in control whch is even more dangerous for her. why is he so involved? what is his motivation? why didn't he step back? he needs to be arrested for indangerment of another....he more than anyone knows she is in trouble. the family not him should be choosing the doctors, b/c i am sure they love their daughter way more than he does, plese someone arrest him and put him in jail!!!! how did this man get into her life? he is no friend but a parasite. he needs to be on a separate psych ward or just in jail period. i knew it , i knew it, that lutfi woulld hurt britney in some form or another. pray eveyrone she gets the help she needs, please God help her, please surround her eith the correct physicians she needs to help her get back to normal, please remove the parasites from her, please help her family be strong and wise, and please help britney's mind and heart know thet her family loves her, her sons need her and that she is going to be okay, just give herself time to heal and get well, plese help her to not be taken advantage of anymore by lutfi or others. in your own plan God, help her, just like her song someday (i will understand) said. she needs you now more than anything.

2269 days ago
19.

Cheryl    

How sad that I have nothing better to do at 3:30 in the morning....

2269 days ago
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chillout music girl    

I think sam was right to talk her into getting help.........Mental Illness can happen to anyone at anytime.... Some of the people here calling britney a wack job have mental issues themselves..

I wish her luck...... Hope she takes the medication and gets some counseling......

2269 days ago
21.

kai    

A new low!!! TMZ has done 11 storie since 3am on Brit. I use t love TMZ. Now it is the same thing as assisted suicide!!

2269 days ago
22.

Charles    

She needs to be placed in a home for aging entertainers. She is washed up, used up, and "oops, she did it again."

2269 days ago
23.

Concerned    

Something has to give. Some how she has to get help before it's too late. Think of her poor babies, what on earth is their lives going to be like with all of this happening to mommy? She needs to grow up and obviously needs help doing it!

2269 days ago
24.

AlecsMom    

While I'm glad Britney is getting help, I very much doubt Lufti is the person best able to inform treatment. Isn't there some conflict if he's an EMPLOYEE? I have a feeling this issue will be in the courts. Here's hoping Brintey stays in the hospital for at least a couple of weeks.

2269 days ago
25.

MJ    

WHAT A CIRCUS! EVERYONE IS YANKING CHAINS ON THAT GIRL.
SEEMS NOBODY REALLY HAS HER BEST INTEREST AT HEART. LUFTI IS A "HANGER ON" HER FOLKS.....TO LITTLE TO LATE..........
GOTTA PITY THE WHOLE SITUATION.

2269 days ago
26.

thomas    

Brit needs to get rid of that dusche bag and get him out of her life...He be the one to get her killed..She has enough problems. He doesnt have her interest in mind..

2269 days ago
27.

roughdaddy    

let lufti give it a try,,,the parents are scewups....

2269 days ago
28.

Elena Boughey    

I think Sam is a TERRIBLE force in her life, not a good one. She started deteriorating after he came on the scene. I would like nothing better than to see him taken off by some thugs and never heard from again.

If you want Britney to get better, get the crap influence of Sam Lufti out of her life.

2269 days ago
29.

mitzie83    

Maybe Sam is trying to control her life - Somebody needs to! Her parents had their chance for many years and they failed miserably. At least she might get some help this time...

2269 days ago
30.

gotta getta life    

Hopefully, she is doing this to clear her name once and for all. With everyone screaming that you are nuts and a bitter child custody case hinging on whether she is nuts or just an irresponsible parent, clearance from a psych ward would help. If her parents were actually qualified to help her, this scene would not be playing out before our eyes. Neither would the "baby drama" with their 15 year old.

2269 days ago
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