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How Britney's Second Psychiatric Hold Went Down

1/31/2008 11:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Britney SpearsTMZ has broken story after story in the middle of the night, detailing the second commitment of Britney Spears that occurred in the last few hours. For all of you who have just logged on, here's a summary:

Last night, Britney's new psychiatrist went to her home and felt she was a danger to herself and others -- partly because of her reckless driving and partly because of her "downhill behavior." As a result, the shrink launched a plan (days in the making) to have Britney committed to UCLA Medical Center by calling the cops.

Sources tell us the cops knew it was coming. In fact, the plan was for cops and paramedics to take Britney away the night before, but it was scrubbed. Last night, it all went down according to plan. Cops even used code to minimize craziness in transporting Britney to the hospital. Over the police radio, she was referred to as "The Package."

Before the cops arrived, the shrink told her she was going back to the hospital and she offered no resistance. She said, "Is something wrong?" She made hot chocolate and waited. Her mom, Lynne, got extremely agitated, accusing Sam of engineering the impending commitment. We're told Brit told her to "shut the hell up." She demanded silence, sat on the floor and wrote notes to people who were there as they waited. When emergency personnel arrived, Brit went on the gurney without resistance.
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When everyone arrived at UCLA, things got heated. Jamie Spears began screaming at Sam Lutfi, accusing him of trying to control Britney. We're told as far as the doctors are concerned -- at least for now -- Lynne and Jamie Spears are not calling the shots. The point guy for the docs is Brit's friend, Sam Lutfi.

Sources say after Britney's commitment earlier this month, she was extremely upset at her dad for getting angry at Sam and the hospital staff. Britney had lawyers draft several documents, however, we're told she did not sign a durable power of attorney giving Lutfi the power to make medical decisions on her behalf. Nevertheless, something was signed and doctors are going to Lutfi for guidance. Jamie went off on Lutfi in the hallway, accusing him of trying to control his daughter.

Britney has been calm in the hospital, even getting a "cigarette break."

Trashy Brit -- click to launchWe're told during the initial 72-hour stay she cannot be forced to take medication against her will. If, however, she refuses to take the meds, the plan is for the psychiatrist to go to court and have Britney held for an additional 14 days, during which time he could administer proper medications.

As TMZ first reported, Britney has already been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and has sporadically taken her medication. But one source says the meds just aren't doing the trick.

Oh, and get this. Lynne Spears drove to the hospital tonight with Brit's pap friend Adnan!

Stay tuned.

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2456 days ago


i have bipolair myself and i know that its hard too except help. but Bit needs her famely not somone who tells thats she right.u have too have too have trement too get youself on the right track. i have have this deise for at leat 20 years now and i understand how she feels. i hope she can fins one person she can trust and that pesron dose there best.she need lots of help right now ....

2456 days ago


Great parenting once again trying to sabotage getting her into treatment. Lynne, why don't you tend to your pregnant 16 year old, and let Sam handle what you obviously can't here. I swear...parenting skills of a wet rock. God bless and good luck Britt. You'll get through this.

2456 days ago

Kim Baldwin-Stried    

What happened to the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) law and Britney Spears right NOT to have her medical dagnosis posted by the press. I am willing to bet a public right right to know does not supercede Ms. Spears privacy and confidentiality rights!

2456 days ago


#969 If you care so much about the world and are so superior to anyone on this site how d'you even know about it hm? How do you let your poor little self be degraded by being forced to put a blog on a Britney story?! Sure there's more going on in the world but that's even more depressing than just checking out the gossip!!
Have to say though even I have been shocked by the pure hatred in comments on TMZ not just for Britney but for Heath Ledger, Christian Brando etc - the US used to cheer on those who made good, didn't get bitter and jealous over fame and actually encouraged people to do well and get their lives straight, so hey what happened guys?!!! Everyone is presumed guilty by press trial even before the real facts are known, their names are dragged through the mud and abuse is hurled until months or sometimes even years later all becomes clear by which time it's too late to say sorry the damage has already been done - the papparazzi have made their tainted dosh and an apology is printed in tiny print somewhere on the last page where no one will ever see it!! Everyone who ever reads these gossip mags is in some way to blame for the need for gossip, me included but as a lot of blogs preceding this on nearly all sites are now saying it's time to back off!! Diana being chased through the Paris streets 10 years ago is nothing in comparison to the way all stars are being hounded now - what moron goes up to stars telling them Heath Ledger is dead you want to comment? What the hell way is that to learn a fellow star and perhaps friend is dead??!
Britney's mum doesn't deserve to be on friendly terms with her daughter, seems all she's ever done is give birth and then find a way to exploit her children, she's taken massive chunks out of her earnings and now some cretinous idiot wants to give her a show of her own?! Brit has the right to see who she wants while in hospital and just because Lynne gave birth to her doesn't give her the right to have any say whatsoever in her treatment Brit doesn't trust her and neither would I!! Lynne has never been a true mother or she would not have exploited even her illness and her younger daughters pregnancy, this woman will use anyone for her moment of fame and sadly now both her daughters are paying the price! Well what goes around comes around Lynne Spears and I sure hope you get yours real soon!!

2456 days ago

Kim Baldwin-Stried    

What ever happened to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability law (HIPAA) and Britney Spears right not to have her medical diagnoses published in print? I am willing to bet a publics right to know does not superceed Britney Spears rights to privacy and confidentiality. Her lawyers can earn some real $$$ pursuing a a claim in her behalf.

2456 days ago


I don't understand how anyone can say Sam Lufti should be in charge of Britney's medical care or anything else! Who is this guy anyway? He has no credentials, no experience and has only been with Britney for a very short time. He seemed to come out of nowhere!! What is his justifications for his "involvment" in this situation anyway? He was nothing more than another hanger-on and look what has occurred while he has been "taking care" of Britney. She has lost custody of her children and been involuntarily committed on a 5150 hold. His track record of "helping" is not good, to say the least. It seems clear to me that Britney's family should be the ones making decisions on her behalf, not some random guy that she parties with and is her errand boy. I'm certain the courts would not give such an important responsibility to a "friend". It's clear that Britney is incapabe of making healthy decisions for herself and one of those bad choices was to trust Sam Lufti in the first place! He REALLY needs to be completely removed from the situation!!!!!!!

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2456 days ago


is a good thing she is getting the help that she needs. I would think that nobody knows how to care for you other than your parents. I just hope that their agenda is on the right track because I surely do not believe that Sam's is.

2456 days ago


GG ALLIN'S soul has possesed Britney..she doesn't need meds...He's destroying her.....she needs to professional exorcist.....Will someone please do the right thing?????!!!???!

2456 days ago

Erin Corby    

B. I really think it is time to go back to the birds and the bee's and the flower's and the tree's and the moon up above! And a thing called love! It is almost Valentine's Day! Don't get caught in the dump!

2456 days ago

bored in san jose    

wow, at first i was unsympathetic but now im seeing this kid really needs the parents dont give up on her

2455 days ago


This whole story is sad and appalling. I believe all her people look at her as a paycheck and will do anything to preserve it or more like steal it from her including the psychiatric nuts. She made her fortune, if there is one, and it is the same old story of thievery. I've never been a fan of her or her music nor do i condone some of her actions. However, i do have the intellect and experience to understand comprehensively where she is coming from, what she is going through, and why. Now i shed a tear for her and my heart goes out to her. I have been where she is at now and I personally know the odds that she is up against and the odds that she will be facing in order to survive these monsters pretending to be friends, family, and people of concern. The psychiatric game is nearly a total farce driven by money as well. The pharmaceuticals are no different than street drugs and most are even more detrimental to the human body. I hope that she knows that she has a legal right in this country to refuse medical treatment and to hold her against her will is abduction and violates her constitutional rights. During one of my involuntary commitments, I have seen them chase a poor defenseless women down and forcefully inject her with their poison. It was rape in every sense of the word. Most of you posting here about this are not only ignorant but despicable humans as well. Do you people even know what the reality is about what you have been brainwashed to believe to be bi-polar! I would bet not, due to laziness to educate yourself. The psychiactric game can not be learned solely from a book. Be well Ms. Britney and then divorce them all financially, emotionally, and geographically.

2455 days ago


The People of Los Angeles should demand a full account of costs, incurred by the Police Department, to escort this loser to the hospital. When is enough, enough? I mean you're kidding, right? 10 cars, 12 motorcycles, or whatever the amount was, to escort her? That is BS and the taxpayers should be outraged. What does that say about the Department??

2455 days ago


i feel so sorry for her. obviously she needs help. i think ANY human being in her situation, being brought up in the public eye (not her choice - her parents) and having her every move caught on camera. being constantly put in these horrible situations of being chased by paps and being put in danger, would act exactly the same. well maybe not exactly the same but seriously would any of us act like a normal person when being faced with everything shes had to face. having her kids taken away must have been the icing on the cake. I just wish someone who really cared about her (other than her parents and mr psycho sam lufti) would take her away, let her live her life and see her kids. i read perez and tmz for gossip but when i read the britney posts its just bullying. anybody in her situation would need psychiatric help.

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