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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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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.

2358 days ago
152.

Tookie    

I smell SAM the SHAM on this one!!!!!!! Hey Sammy...the well is dry for you now ok? So be a good boy and buy a ticket to Iraq.........

2358 days ago
153.

Lynne    

everyone wants a piece of her destruction............................................her family wants her survival. My trust is in her family.
Sam Lufti should be investigated and charged with attempted murder. He took steps in essence to kill her a way it would look like she had done it.....come on multiple sleeping pills in her food and tequila. If she is being held then good for them od bless her family and I will pray for Brittany

2358 days ago
154.

Gomer    

Technically, even if Britney did call him, she's under a conservatorship and does not have the right to retain a lawyer without her father's permission; so he technically cannot work for her. Now if Sam Lufti is found to be behind it, he should be held in contempt of the court ordered no contact because that should hold true if he tried to get through to her using an intermediary.

If Britney's mom held the conservatorship I'd be suspect - she's a crappy parent and an attention/money whore. Britney's father walked away from the finances of Britney a number of years ago and actually works a full time job. I can't help but feel, he's trying to save his daughter.

2358 days ago
155.

gardinia30    

someone really needs to make an effort to stop Sam, he is really toxic to Britney. If he goes away Britney will have some chance of getting better.

2358 days ago
156.

Michelle    

Earth to Kwai!

2358 days ago
157.

Michelle    

This has that worm Sam Lufti written all over it. He won't succeed, so I just don't think any of this matters.

2358 days ago
158.

janese    

She blew half her fortune in 1 yr! She cannot take care of herself, if she is being held hostage GOOD. Some people needs iv medication and restraints until their brain starts to work again.

2358 days ago
159.

Mel    

If she's being held "hostage", how did she call and hire this guy?

2358 days ago
160.

She Never Learns    

The world watches as these slezeballs do everything possible to steal Brits money.

I hope the federal judge that gets this case dismisses it and hold these strangers in contempt.

2358 days ago
161.

thegoodguy    

THE HAWKS ARE OUT FOR THE MONEY CONTROL

2358 days ago
162.

Brit Luva    

Dos!

2358 days ago
163.

thegoodguy    

i feel as though there is something in my head.....................just give sam all the money and he will go away

2358 days ago
164.

Brit Luva    

Dos!

2358 days ago
165.

Sheryl    

Unbelievable. I hope the Courts kick this Eardley guy to the curb. And someone needs to kick Luft's rear end as well. he is pure evil. Britney apparently doesn't have a logical thought left in her brain if she is still in contact with Lufti.

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