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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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16.

geeewhiz    

Good luck Brit's and God Bless You. Get well soon and come back the star you were.

2395 days ago
17.

debv    

Thank goodness!!! I am so relieved that she is off the roads for now. I kept waiting to read she'd been in a serious accident, killing somebody or herself. I hope that she gets the help she needs!!!! I pray for her little boys...

2395 days ago
18.

CK    

I AM ASSUMING DR PHIL WILL BE ARRIVING SOON! WOULDN'T THAT BE HYSTERICAL!

2395 days ago
19.

Debbie    

I am praying for her - she needed this and I'm glad that for the time being the judge is the one calling the shots... She definately needs to get rid of Sam - I believe that he is bad news - I'm not sure that I really trust Adnan either but I guess I'll give him the benefit for now...Lynne seems to be ok with Adnan....

Get well Brittany - for you and your beautiful sons...

2395 days ago
20.

wasted days and wasted nights    

I, too, hope this marks the start of a fresh start for Britney.

2395 days ago
21.

CELEBS HAS NO COMMON SENSE OR DO THEY PAY IN FULL CASH    

TMZ ,,,,,,,,,,KEEP US UPDATED .......................

MAYBE ONE DAY , WE WILL HEAR GOOD RESULTS FOR BRITTANY ....

DO YOU THINK THERE'S A CHANCE ???????????????

2395 days ago
22.

whateva    

Since when would Sam Lutfi be allowed to make any medical decisions for Britt - That should be a family or court matter .

2395 days ago
23.

zoso    

Oh, well of course. I have worked in the psychiatric field for years. No, I am not a doctor or nurse, but have first hand, detailed info on how this business works. Psychiatrists have to label you some kind of mental disorder so your insurance will pay for ongoing treatment. It also helps if they label you a specific disorder so your family will more readily accept your "condition". But really, behind the scenes, it is: >>>>>Pst....they are just general crazy. We don't have a name for it and never did, so just general crazy. But wait, we have to give it some kind of a name to appease insurance companies and families.......so........let's call it bi-polar! Ya, great idea! Google bi-polar and look at the doctor's and pharmaceutical's on this mental disorder. They are all in on the scam. Feeling up one day and down the next? Oh, you must be bi-polar!! No, there is a name for mood swings millions of people have: it's called mild to moderate depression. Not bi-polar. Bi-polar is a very serious and rare mental disorder that is characterized by extreme highs and extreme lowes. But doctor's and the health care industry don't want us to figure that out because of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. As much as I dislike Tom Cruise and his "religion". He is right about one thing: proper nutrition and exercise and spirituality can go a long way. Psych meds are way over-prescirbed. Only people with very extreme disorders such as: Schizophrenia, True Bi-polar. Major Depression, etc. should be taking these.

2395 days ago
24.

One Thought    

I don't understand why that Sam guy thinks he should decide over her medical issues. He is not even family and unless she made him her health care proxy he doesn't even have a chance and deciding anything for her. I dont think he has the best for her in mind. He is thinking about how he can make sure he will always have a meal ticket. I'm glad her family is there to help her now, I'm sure they have been trying to all along but he has cut everyone out expect those who will are not really there to help her.

2395 days ago
25.

CELEBS HAS NO COMMON SENSE OR DO THEY PAY IN FULL CASH    

THE JUDGE AND A COURT APPOINTED LAWYER , SHOULD HELP BRITTANY

NOT HER MOTHER OR MONEY HUNGRY FRIEND SAM LUFTI OR ADNAN ..........

AS FAR AS THAT RIDE TO THE HOSPITAL , BRITTANY SHOULD PAY FOR THAT

ESCORT NOT THE TAXPAYERS ............

2395 days ago
26.

Dennis    

Here's to Sam Lufti, the Howard K. Stern of 2008! What a slime!

2395 days ago
27.

carol    

Charge Adnan with raping a person with mental illness. Put him away and throw away the key.

2395 days ago
28.

Wasn't this guy a pimp ??    

I am not pulling in 700,000 a month like Brit , however I do have a number of assistants and if the media were hounding me , I would be sending my assistants to go run my errands.
I used to feel sorry for Brit . But when I see her going to get food , or stool softner instead of sending out assistants to do these tasks , it's unbelievable how she baits these paps to follow her . She basks in this chit.
The perfect strategy against these pieces of gutter would be to hang out at home for quite some time. The house is an estate , so it's not like she is cooped up .Never come out for quite some time which would be the opposite of appeasing those vultures. Let them sit out there in the cold, day in and day getting not a single money shot ...HA! She has everything she needs there at home anyway , pool , home theatre , massive media room ,etc and instead this poor girl whom is actually and obviously a few cans short of a six pack , has to run all over town aimlessly , which only encourages these gutter paps to continue to hunt her down .
Btw , I can't help but wonder ...is it an unspoken understanding that in order to meet criteria to be a papparazzi , you have to be butt ass ugly ???
I have yet to see one at the very least decent looking pap in these swarms . Not just the ones following Brit , but the ones whom follow the other stars , EVERY SINGLE ONE IS SO FUGLY ...ever notice that ?

2395 days ago
29.

Bird    

Can't they come up with some criminal charges for this Lufti character? Get a restraining order of something. He is a leach who has hit the jackpot.

2395 days ago
30.

Lenn K.    

The problem you have here like Anna Nicole is she hates her parents and has allowed a stranger to make decisions for her like Howard K. Stern. Sam is in it for the money and attention, who would notice him if it wasn't for Britney.

2395 days ago
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