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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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I realize she has been acting really crazy for a long time, but think about how you would act with the Paps following you everywhere when you had a Bipolar disorder! It would only make it 100 times worse! She does not have a moments peace, cannot go anywhere without being followed and harrassed! All of that does not excuse her radical behavior, but let's try and be more compassionate about people in general. No matter what we all think, she is a person and has 2 adorable boys and hopefully she will get the help she needs so they can bond with their mother again. I hope that she will come to realize that she truly needs help and will get it. This gossip about what she does and who with is not helping her situation, not helping her get well or us people who read these articles. I do read this stuff too. I pray for her to get better, that is the most important thing. Just an outsider looking in.

2466 days ago

Also a mother....    

Britney i just want to say that io am thinking of you, i cant say that i know how you feel or what your going through but one thing i know, is that it must be very very hard and difficult for you. Be strong and show all tese people what britnay is really made of. Enjoy all your music and misses you. Be stong girl.

Pray for you and your 2 boys, because i am also a mother of 2 kiddies and cant imagine what you are going through.

2466 days ago


My theory is that she has the Michael Jackson Syndrome/Disease. TFTYTH Too Famous Too Young To Handle. She got in the spotlight so young/missed a lot of her youth/uses others to play out fantasies to help deal with her problems

2466 days ago

luv my TMZ    

This is the very best thing that could have happened to Britney. The worse the manic state the harder the crash to the depressive state in bipolar. That's when the suicidal thoughts come lurking around.

Please don't let her out of the hospital this time! At this point she will really be a danger to herself and others. She

BTW, this disease is almost as hard on the family as it is on the mentally ill person. Ask my family.

2466 days ago

He's just another Idiot    

Finally ! Maybe Britney will get the help she needs. Hope her family and all the hangers-on who are involved back off and let the doctors do their jobs. TMZ, wish you would get your stories straight. Who are the sources you keep quoting? You are just sitting there making up all the crap you report on Britney, aren't you? It seems everyone is interested - for her money.

2466 days ago

moby sperm    

Dear Britney,
Please die now and get it over with. I have Feb 23rd ib the pool, if you could arrange to do it then.
You deserve it.

Thanx. Toodles everyone.

2466 days ago


Is Lynne selling Brit's psych story to OK Magazine? Everything she does is a big production. There are pysch hospitals in Louisiana you know. Take her there! Get her out of her destructive element..."Hollywood."

2466 days ago

my, my, my    

Well, if it was done as a fluke, her behind is now under a court order and that makes it real. She caan't run at will now.

2466 days ago


I'm not surprised about this action in getting help for Britney. It would be great to get that Sam out of the way too. I really don't think he is helping her at all, only to make sure Britney is being photo everyday, no matter what condition she is in.

An I see the question, who will make the medical decisions, Sam or her family. Of course, it would have to be her family, not Sam.

If I was her parent, I would have her get medical treatment, not in California, away from the media. Somewhere, where she can recover.

2466 days ago


Britney Spears is a waste of space and why doesn't she brush her damn hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I guess I'm asking for too much since the girl can't even be bothered with her own sons or even make to court to get them back!

2466 days ago

Movie Ticket Buyer    

Wonderful News~! Finally someone is making the RIGHT decision where Britney's well being is concerned. Now if only the judge will make an order ( to keep Sam Letfi from regaining puppet-master control over Brit) for her to remain under psychiatric treatment there is hope she will survive this. About Time Mamma Spears! Ya Dun Good~!

2466 days ago


Britney=Anna Nicole

Sam Lufti=Howard K. Stern

Britney Mom=Anna Mom


Hopefully the Spears Family have LEARNED from the Anna Saga....

2466 days ago

Loving him    

Wow, I bet Lindsay is glad she's trying to get sober and not caught up in this mess. Yes, I'm as bad as everyone else coming to this site to look at the carwreck that is Britney...even I'm starting to get tired of it.

Good lord girl, get your act together--FedEx is beginning to look like a role model citizen.

2466 days ago


This is the best thing that could have happened to Britney. It's not unusual for people on meds not to take their meds properly. The side effects can be devastating, they also may think once they feel better they don't need them, but with time and counseling & her family she will find the right drugs and get better. There is hope. She needs her family, she needs to eventually make peace with Kevin for her kids sake, and she needs to get rid of these "hanger-ons" ( Lufti, Adnan). If she wants this she will get better and eventuallly redeem herself, but she needs people around her who actually care about her well being. Everyone needs to remember that there are two innocent children tangled up in this mes and they are what really matters right now, they do neeed their mom.

2466 days ago



What will the Pap-SCABS that follow here every move do in the next 3 to 15 days?

Get well soon Brit!

2466 days ago
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