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Britney Officially

on Psychiatric Hold

1/31/2008 10:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0131_britney_tmz_ex7Law enforcement sources tell TMZ an L.A. County Superior Court judge has just signed a "5150," meaning Britney Spears is on a three-day psychiatric hold at the UCLA Medical Center.

We're told there is a "good possibility" that it will be extended to 14 days. We've also learned there have been several parallel attempts to get Britney on a 5150. Her lawyers, Anne Kiley and Tara Scott, secured a new psychiatrist late last week -- she's the one who triggered the 5150 last night.

At the same time, we're told Britney's mother, father and brother have been "working closely with the LAPD for weeks" to get her back in for psychiatric care. There is now a dogfight between Britney's family and Sam Lutfi over who will make medical decisions, however, that fight is now put on hold because the judge now makes the call.

Once the psychiatric hold ends, something has to give.

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Julie    

BrItney,I love you and am praying for you Hon. You are not alone, I have been through similiar problems except that I did not have the world watching me, thank god. You are doing the right thing. People who do not understand mental illness should not judge her,she is not a bad person but a sick person who needs love and support.

2406 days ago
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Gilbert Gonzalez Jr    

Thank God! Britney, we ALL love you and are glad you are getting help! We are all concerned and want you to get back to your feet and feel horrible that you have to go through all this and reall want you to have a full recovery! Prayers and thoughts your way, sweety!

2406 days ago
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AlwaysHungry    

The break and help should do her good

2405 days ago
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linda    

hi britney i dont know if you read your mail or not iam so sorry what your going through its got to be hell your so young please get a hold of yourself put your mind into god it will help so much ill be praying for you we love and care about you linda

2405 days ago
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Help Britney    

Just keep the Sam away from Britney. Read the "Blender Magazine" article. Anyone, like Sam, who has three CURRENT restraining orders against him is bad news. It is pretty difficult in California to get restraining orders. This guy has bad character and isn't befriending her for no reason. Now, her computer is missing and guess who had the keys to Britney's house. I sure hope the Spears family can get away from him before he kills her.

2403 days ago
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sam    

Thanks for the news

2342 days ago
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Lenn K.    

This is the best thing for her at this point. Guard the door!

2407 days ago
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my, my, my    

DONE!!!!!! DONE!!!!!!!DONE!!!!!!!!YES!!!!!!!!!!!

2407 days ago
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David Seneca    

Finally!! Brit, we wish you all the best! Get well soon!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNCHqZ5rxfs

2407 days ago
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w    

well good, I'm glad this childish fighting is over..for now. They need to be concerned about getting Britney well.

2407 days ago
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pie    

Good news for Britney. - in spite of herself.

2407 days ago
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Beth    

I am so glad someone finally took action before it's too late. The authorities and doctors have waited too long to get this order for her to be admitted for the care of this disease she sufferes from. I only wish her the best and hope they can help her to get back on track, emotionally, mentally and physically. She is truly very sick from her disease and needs support, not bashing!

2407 days ago
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CK    

THANK GOD, GET TEH EHLP YOU NEED. STAY AS LONG AS YOU CAN! GET BETTER!

2407 days ago
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LaReina    

Lufti's a money-grubbing snake.

2407 days ago
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NobodySpecial    

People need to stop saying she should do this or that. When you are in a deteriorated mental state you do not make rational decisions, period. Also people who say this is a big waste of tax payer money, yes but millions of dollars are wasted every day doing the same thing for regular people. The difference is that WE the people have made her a star and she has to be treated differently or all hell will break loose. So its costs 10 times the amount to do the same thing it would cost for you or me, but thats just the way it works with anyone who is a high profile citizen.

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