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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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31.

rosie    

I hope and pray that Ms. Spears get the help she so desperately needs and that all the hanger-oners like Adnan are tossed once and for all. I get abad feeling about this Sam Lufti too. I sincerely hope that Britney sticks to whatever treatment is necessary for her health a welfare and maybe has the common sense to ditch Hollyweird. The paparazzi make me sick and I am sorry but I believe that Lufti and Adnan let them know her every move. Jerks!

2366 days ago
32.

a    

Who the hell does Lufti think he is? Will someone please get rid of this prick.

2366 days ago
33.

Tears 4 Spears    

I hope she cleans up her act and gets help and medical treatment. It would be a crying shame if she died. Can TMZ give Britney and her family a little bit of privacy right now?

2366 days ago
34.

Dream    

What about the soldiers dying that have been defending our company.
Does anyone think about that?

2366 days ago
35.

Wendy 12381    

Gee, I'm sure its a relief for LA citizens to know that they can work "hand in hand" with the LA police dept to get psychiatric help and a HUGE escort to the hsopital when they need it. I'm sure this is done for every one- black, hispanic, the poor, right ? Please...this spoiled, self centered millionaire woman ( she's not a child, people) should be charged every time that she or her family pulls these stunts. Britney has a family that loves her, adoring fans, 2 healthy, beautiful boys ( in case you've forgotten about them , Britney), talent, and millions at her disposal- and we should feel "sorry" for her ? Make up your mind- LIVE OR DIE, Britney. But get it over with, you undeserving piece of trash !

2366 days ago
36.

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

#18............WELL SAID ................GLAD YOU EXPLAINED IT .............KNOW WE CAN HAVE A BETTER

UNDERSTANDING ABOUT BI POLAR , SO THEY WANT TO CALL IT ........

FROM TIME TO TIME , EVERYONE HAS DEPRESSION ........CHEMICAL IMBALANCE ...........

YOU'RE RIGHT .........PROPER NUTRITION AND EXERCISE , STABLE LIFE , HELPS TOO .

EXERCISING WHAT REALLY HELPS , MAKES YOU FEEL SO GOOD ......DAILY ...........

2366 days ago
37.

Gee wizzzzz    

Good....and now her lawyers need to secure a "Guardian Ad Litem" at least on temporary basis, because quite frankly this motly crew of misfits she has surrounding her (and that includes her family) are not fit to act in her best interests. There is just way too much emotion between them.....Ms. Spears needs an unbiased, mature, informed, educated adult to act on her behalf.

2366 days ago
38.

Amy    

I hope that this time she will accept the help that she needs.
Who cares who calls the shots at this point, it isn't worth fighting over, juat be happy that she is getting help.

2366 days ago
39.

chrissybot    

Hope someone is watching her house or Lutfi's gonna rob her blind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2366 days ago
40.

Kay    

You can bet that lots of people, including her dear mother, are at this very moment trying to figure out how to make more money off this poor girl's misery.

2366 days ago
41.

Ames    

Noddy,

My sentiment EXACTLY. We want to see her in a much better place. Pray for her and her boys. They deserve all of the best.

2366 days ago
42.

Ashley Segars    

I guess you'll need to let some of your staff go.....you won't have Brit to chase. Boo Hoo....

2366 days ago
43.

against involuntary commitment    

has everybody gone insane? yes, she's dumb as a box of rocks and craves attention like nobody, but that does not mean that she needs to locked up against her will. She is not hurting anyone and i doubt she wants to hurt herself. yes her driving is terrible, but so is half of america's and we don't lock them up! so she shaved her head? how is that crazy behavior?... i mean really think about it. how do her actions really hurt anybody.... "she takes papparazi friends to the courthouse" how is that any different than taking a friend who is not a papparazzi? she sees those papparazi more than her own family, i'm sure she becomes friends with some of them even if they're not that good of friends. we've all had 'bad' friends in our lifetime. This woman is probably expressing more stress than any one of us will ever experience, and the fact that everybody around her is just using her for her money doesn't help matters.

2366 days ago
44.

roughdaddy    

oh man what is this,,,its not like she bang the whole group of paparatsos,,,,and she goes to mini marts big deal....

2366 days ago
45.

Jennie    

Britney is an adult now and can choose her own medical power of attorney. Ever stop to think that maybe her upbringing is partially to blame for her condition? Maybe her docs have told her to distance herself from them? Lufti seems to be the one constant in her life right now and I believe that the reason they had that big fight the other night was over this recent hospitalization. Maybe he finally got though to her and thats why she went willingly?
I believe that once Brit stabilizes Adnan will be completely history. I hope she has the lawyers ready to unleash on him too because he'll then be attempting to sell terrible pics of Brit. JMO.

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