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Lawyer Claims Britney Held Hostage!

2/17/2008 3:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Britney SpearsThe lawyer who derailed the Britney Spears conservatorship case tells TMZ Britney herself called him and asked him to take the reins. The question: Will a judge be buyin' what he's sellin'?

Attorney John Eardley filed papers in federal court last Thursday, alleging the California courts have railroaded Britney by imposing a conservatorship. Eardley tells us Britney called him, but he would not disclose the circumstances surrounding the alleged call or what she said. We do know that Michael Sands, who used to be the spokesperson for K-daddy's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, is now the mouthpiece for Eardley. And Sands also reps Sam Lutfi, who is now restrained from all things Britney.

So, are Lutfi and Sands behind the whole magilla with Eardley? Smells like it.

Eardley tells TMZ Britney didn't sign a retainer agreement because she is being "held hostage" in her own home. Ironically, a half hour before he told us this, we looked out our office windows and saw Britney driving through West Hollywood on a shopping spree.

Just by filing the Federal papers, Eardley has paralyzed the California courts from issuing more orders in the conservatorship case unless and until the Federal judge tells Eardley to take a hike.
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136.

name withheld    

I'm thinking she realized she was being made a fool of. I bet she did not see some of the more recent stuff that was posted at ex 1 7. I just don't know if she truly wants to be clean.

I sure hope so. Soon TMZ will post the new stuff from last night. We will have to dig deeper to get the inside scoop from the club.

Sam is eventually going to be available to Britney and it will ultimately be Britneys decision of where she wants to take that,

The question is, who does she want to see more? Her kids, or her dealer?

2336 days ago
137.

bob    

If she were poor, they would of thrown her in a sanitorium and lost the keys. But since she has cash, every ambulance chasing lawyer is trying to get some money out of her. You will soon see requests from the people suing Britney, they will be asking for Britney's estate to pay for their lawyers. It's too bad you can't do the movie "Overboard" on her. It would probably really help alot.

2336 days ago
138.

XXXJay    

Dose

2336 days ago
139.

kerfos    

How did Brtitney call him? Osama disbled all her phones. Oh, mom and dad must have given her BACK her freedom. How ironic that oSAMa would make that claim, perhaps mom and dad aren't holding her hostage as well as Osama did and he wants to give them lessons?

2336 days ago
140.

raven    

Why in the world do people think that her father is making money off of his daughter? Wake up ! The man is trying to save his daughters life. I suppose that you would just stand by and let these parisites feed off of your daughter and do nothing. If Brits Dad had not stepped in to stop this maddness, who knows what would have happened next between Lufti and the pap boyfriend. She would have more then likly ended up marry adnan and we know where that would have went MONEY spent just like it was with Kevin. This girl is really a sick person and she should not at this time be free to run amuck and end up dead or broke or both. Go after the snakes that have been feeding off of her.

2336 days ago
141.

whatever tha fu*!/rockergirl    

I think I'll speak 4 most of us !! but we're REALLY sick 'n ' tired of her crap !! (have a nice day !!)

2336 days ago
142.

barbara    

Are you kidding me? Did any of these so-called journalists attend high school? Take the "reigns"? Wrong homophone...it's REINS, as in those that are attached to a bridle. Idiots. Don't you have editors?

2336 days ago
143.

She Never Learns    

Obviously, this Sam Lufti character is desparate to inject hiself into back into Brit's life and will do whatever it takes to get his hands on her money. This entire situation is very sad.

When a nobody like Lufti is able to insert themselves into the life of someone with money, usually they will stop at nothing to maintain the cotact. This is quite clear based on the actions of Lufti after the restraining order was issed ( and he stil is avoiding being served).

When the former Business Mgr. Grossman said that Lufti e-mailed him requesting money, it makes it clear what the game plan was.....drug her up, eliminate contact withthe outside world, and.......TAKE HER MONEY.

Its amazing how a rich girl like Paris Hilton would let this slimeball within 5 miles of her B-day party.

2336 days ago
144.

Alanna    

This Lutfi guy is a psycho. The girl is finally getting the help she needs, looks better than she has in awhile, and they want to get back in there and bleed the girl dry. Her family is clearly looking out for HER best interests. Lutfi and this new idiot are looking for money. Plain and simple.

2336 days ago
145.

appauled by the stalkarazzi    

"Eardley tells TMZ Britney didn't sign a retainer agreement because she is being "held hostage" in her own home. Ironically, a half hour before he told us this, we looked out our office windows and saw Britney driving through West Hollywood on a shopping spree".

What a bunch of money grubby and publicity seeking low lifes Eardly, Kapla, and Sam Lutfi are.

And, what audacity to try and stop Brit from getting well. She has looked and acted the healthiest she has in months since her father became conservator. It just proves these laywers and so-called managers do NOT have Brit's best interest at stake. They just want her out to lunch and mentally ill so they can have at her $$$$.


2336 days ago
146.

yep    

Just wonderring!! why is that lawyer filling papers in the federal courts if britney hasn't retained him yet. Isn't that lawyer supposed have her sign a contract and exchange money from her hand to his before the shiz go down. Just wondering!!!

2336 days ago
147.

SHABO1015    

SOMEONE PLEASE HELP HER, SHE IS BEING HELD PRISONER WITH NOTHING BUT A LIMITLESS CREDIT CARD AND AN $80,000 MERCEDES BENZ. OMG WHAT SHALL WE DO!

2336 days ago
148.

catwoman    

has anyone else noticed how much more SANE her life is since her parents took over & got rid of sam?????? they're on the right track & should be LEFT ALONE. i wish they'd take the britwreak out of california - back home where she can heal in private.

2336 days ago
149.

sillyme    

Britney's been out in public many times and close enough to the photographers where, if she were being held hostage, or against her will, she could have said something like, oh, I don't know...help me. Or tried to make a run for it. She's given absolutely no indication that she's being held against her will. She's been shopping, out to dinner with her dad, to the dance studio...and she's not acted like anything is out of the ordinary. So, no, I don't believe this story. Cuz, if it were true, she would have given some indication of it by now.

Obviously, her parents are restricting her activities somewhat until she gets better, but it's far from being a hostage.

2336 days ago
150.

dugh    

what a mess

2336 days ago
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