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Mark Vincent Kaplan -- Britney's Lawyer, Too?

2/7/2008 11:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mark Vincent Kaplan officially has a fan. Only problem: The guy thinks he's Britney's lawyer, not K-Fed's!


TMZ was talking to Kaplan about the ongoing custody battle outside Madeo last night in Beverly Hills, when the celeb hunter known as "Yaya" could be heard shouting "I know you're the lawyer. You're the lawyer for Britney!"

Kaplan was a good sport though, and laughed it off after posing for a photo.

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Debbie    

Here's a thought!! I would love to see what Miss Brit would do if all the Paps went away. If none were around, she would really go off the deep end!! Wish that would happen!!!

2394 days ago
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rachel    

Britney should marry again, someone like Adnan,
because the spouse become the primary conservator under law.

I don't put it past her........

2394 days ago
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oh brother    

Those hands, my god. He can kill an elephant with one bare hand. its really scaring me. It's like lethal leather of something.

2394 days ago
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Jean    

TOO FUNNY. OK FOLKS, READ THE PEOPLE.COM ARTICLE BELOW, WHICH EXPLAINS HOW BRITNEY WAS RELEASED FROM THE UCLA MEDICAL CENTER. AN ATTORNEY CAN DETERMINE IF A MENTAL PATIENT CAN LEAVE A HOSPITAL INSTEAD OF THE DOCTOR?? CALIFORNIA LAWS NEED TO CHANGE!

Why Britney Spears Was Released Early
By Ken Lee

Originally posted Thursday February 07, 2008 01:00 AM EST
Britney Spears

Photo by: Cousart-Rios / JFX
Britney Spears was released early from UCLA Medical Center's psych ward because a court representative found "no just cause" for the hold, a source tells PEOPLE.

The doctor overseeing Spears's care had wanted her to stay, (as did her parents), but the decision was overridden by the court representative, the source said.

The source said that the doctor who was vetoed was not Spears's psychiatrist Dr. Deborah Nadel, but another attending doctor at UCLA. Once Nadel issued the singer's 72-hour hold at UCLA, Nadel was not involved in Spears's hospitalization, the source said.

The decision followed regular procedure for any patient on a 14-day hold.

The procedure calls for a hearing at the hospital to find out whether the hold is justified. The rep for the court, called a "hearing referee" – who is usually a lawyer – interviews the patient and doctor to determine if there's "just cause" for detainment.

"This is when law and medicine collide," says attorney Terry K. Wasserman, who's not involved in the Spears matter, "when a lawyer can override a doctor's opinion."

2394 days ago
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Michelle    

#4--Allana--you are misinformed. And this girl doesn't need anymore bad ideas.

2394 days ago
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Sara    

SHE IS THE ONE PAYING HIM! NOT THAT LOSER K-FED!!

2394 days ago
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Jean    

THIS IS THE POST OF THE YEAR. I HAD TO COPY AND PASTE IT HERE. THIS PERSON BELOW IS SO RIGHT.

347. There is an inherent problem with being given multiple opportunities to take advantage of “another chance.” Some believe they can continue to act willfully, and there will always be “yet another chance.”

Life simply does NOT work that way.

Each of our lives is a series of choices, some good and some bad. But even our bad choices can lead to personal growth - if we are willing to be introspective and reflect on the consequences of our poor behavior.

Bipolar disorder, it is a difficult - but treatable problem. Like many people, I have had the privilege to meet and even work with several high functioning people with bipolar disorder. Hardworking, loving and decent people who have enriched my life by virtue of knowing them.

I believe Britney Spears has been overmedicated and has bipolar disorder (perhaps she even has secondary disorders). However, she has had adequate time to detox but remains unwilling to acknowledge that “she needs and/or wants help” or “prove she is capable of change.” Consequently, I believe her treatable illness - is now being used as an excuse to justify her behavior.

She lacks any impulse control, preferring to satiate her base instincts with instant gratification. I believe she is a classic narcissistic with a histrionic personality – she ONLY truly loves herself.

As the proud mother of a fine young doctor, I understand the importance of loving, consistent, and supportive parenting.
I cannot, and will not, give her the “benefit of the doubt” – again. Her most recent post psychiatric ward behavior has erased all doubt from my mind.

She is an Unfit Mother.

I am confident Kaplan will continue to act in the best interest of her ex-husband, Kevin Federline and his two young sons. I hope he petitions the court for full, permanent custody and seeks to establish a fully funded irrevocable trust for child support - to safeguard the future of her neglected children. In short, I wish Kevin Federline and his children – a peaceful life filled with happiness.

My heart goes out to Jamie and Lynne Spears. Both have risen to the challenge – they did NOT come up wanting – for lack of effort. They need to make it clear to hotels; restaurants, stores etc – that their goods and services must be pre-approved by the conservatorship – or they will be providing their services at their own financial peril. In addition, I agree with Dr Drew Pinsky, the Spears family should refer these problems to the LAPD and the criminal courts. Every time Britney gets behind the wheel (whether medicated or not), she and the paparazzi do not just risk their own lives, they imperil the lives of every pedestrian, parents and singles travelling between their homes and work, parents shuttling their children and friends to sports events, music and dance classes, college students going between class and their part time jobs.

She is not a child – she is an adult that has become a public danger.

For me, she has squandered her “last chance” – sadly, in all likelihood she will squander her life too.



Posted at 9:48AM on Feb 7th 2008 by StyleMaven

2394 days ago
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He's just another Idiot    

#8 You are either Kaplan or the Idiot of the year. K-Dud and Kaplan are after ALL of Britney's money. Kaplan is also a bigger media whore than Paris Hilton. Wish the paps would run over that Slime Ball - and K-Dud, too.

2394 days ago
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He's just another Idiot    

#8 You are either Kaplan or the Idiot of the year. K-Dud and Kaplan are after ALL of Britney's money. Kaplan is also a bigger media whore than Paris Hilton. Wish the paps would run over that Slime Ball - and K-Dud, too.

2394 days ago
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lally    

Kaplan is Brit's attorney, she is paying his bill. So funny!

2394 days ago
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Prince Von A-Hole    

Whew that was close. Almost a whole page without a story metioning Britney.

2394 days ago
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Gigi    

I can see how that man may be confused since Britney pays for MVK's services for Kevin. That said, I like what Kaplan said about how there aren't any "winners" in this custody battle.

Can't believe she's out of the hospital! Now I'm seriously afraid that she'll be dead by the end of the month, and her babies will see all of her crazy antics, which are symptoms of her disease, when they grow up. SAD.

2394 days ago
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jodi    

I am dissappointed in those of you that still do not see the light. When the Mother of a doctor is still blaming Britney I don't know how much we can expect from the rest of you. Britney either has a mental illness or has been drugged with antipsychotic meds making her appear crazy. The test for whether or not a person has been diagnosed correctly is to administer resperdol or seraquel and observe. An insane person will improve on the meds and a sane person will become psychotic on those meds. We don't know what she has as of today but we do know from Lynn (and Sam agreed) that he has been administering meds (resperdol and seraquel) to Brit without her knowledge by crushing them in her food. This was clearly set up by K-Fed....think...Sam arrives in Britney's life October 2007 just as Kaplan is telling K-Fed that the only way to keep child support pay coming is to retain 50/50 custody and that he will not retain custody unless he can prove Brit to be unfit......and so Sam goes to work...cuts home phone lines (remember the issue in court about phone problems) removes phone chargers and Brit fails to get messages for random drug testing.....all Sam. Now Sam has hired the same guy "Sands" that was speaking for Kaplan and K-Fed. Sands is set to be depositioned by Brit's lawyer for his knowledge on K-Fed's life. Sam hired him to protect Sam's image now that the Spears have caught him drugging Britney. Drugging anyone without their knowledge is against the law. He also according to Lynn has been hiding Brit's dog and watching her run around looking for the dog and crying...and then Sam will bring the dog out like he is a hero for finding the dog he hid in the first place....that's abuse of the mentally ill if she has bi-polar. Schizophrenia and bi-polar are very difficult illnesses to treat because the parient is usually paranoid. Over medicating a sane person will result in paranoia and being very sleepy. Wait for the fat lady to sing because the "Dad of the year"and Sam are is going to jail and if Shar can be tied to this then she can go too.

To Read this guys: The law is set to protect all of us from being held in a psych ward without good cause. To be held against your will you must be an eminent danger to yourself or others. The fact that Britney did not hurt herself or anyone else in the first 24 hours out of the hospital means the court followed the law finding her not to be an eminent danger. Many years ago wealthy men would send their wives to psych wards and commit them for life while they went looking for younger wives. This law protects all of us from being held without cause. However it is also the problem when a person has an illness like paranoid schizophrenia because they will believe the doctor trying to administer meds is trying to kill them and therefore they refuse meds and as long as they are not violent....they go free. You are allowed by law to be crazy and free.

2394 days ago
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He's just another Idiot    

Hope the little boys don't inherit Britney's mental problems or K-Dud's gold digging, lazy, uneducated, deadbeat, loser, druggie, personality. Put the kids in a Foster Home - they would be better off than living with that Snake K-Dud.

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