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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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166.

Bob. My name is the same forwards and backwards    

WHOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!




KANYE WEST IS A TOOL!

2378 days ago
167.

mtpockets    

Bull crap....you people need to get your facts straight, before you post this crap....leave the woman alone FFS and let her get well....

2378 days ago
168.

pattijen    

I really hope the judge in this case sees through all this, and keeps Britney's Dad as conservatorship. Those other people - Sam Lufti and an assortment of lawyers - are all obviously out for a buck. Britney's Dad, as well as her Mom and the rest of her family, seem to be the only ones interested in helping Britney out of this mess. Britney is too disturbed to see through this. Now is the time when she needs her family the most, and I hope the justice system allows that to happen. I believe it's Britney's only hope for someday leading a normal life again.

2378 days ago
169.

WoW    

One of the problems with Eardley's case, other than how poorly it was written, is with all of the publicity surrounding Britney, it's clear that she is out and around, dancing, chatting with sales girls, and starting to look normal again. Even she did call him, which I doubt, it's already been ruled that she's not competent to hire her own counsel. Eardley pleads that she's had no counsel of her own so he must step in---we all knows that's a lie.

This filing is just Osama Lufti doing all he can, being the predatory vulture that he is, to grab his latest victim back from her protectors. And I suspect that given the way that Britney is recovering, as we can call see, this attempt to grab her may also be an attempt to stop the well-respected lawyers and accountants actually working in her interests- from discovering what he's been up to with her money over this last year.

2378 days ago
170.

Sillyme    

She's just mad because the parents make her eat properly, sleep enough, take the proper medication, see the right people, bathe, wear underwear and decently cover up her HO-HA's.

2378 days ago
171.

Tiger Tale    

THIS IS GOOD NEWS!!! BRITNEY IS MY #1 ON MY DEAD POOL LIST!!!

2378 days ago
172.

CookieSweetCookie    

I hope the courts are smart enough to figure out that Sam Lufti is behind this. Although her parents aren't my favorite people, I think they're the best people to help her while she's ill. She needs family there to keep away all the sharks who are trying to take advantage of her. She has access to paparazzi cell phones, public cell phones, so I think this lawyer is full of bull. Someone should look into having this lawyer disbarred.

2378 days ago
173.

brainless britt    

I can't wait for the Britney ..story of the week movie..WOW!! get your popcorn ready...

2378 days ago
174.

Michelle    

#7--Stingrae--if Britney news upsets you so much, why do you keep reading TMZ, why did you read the article about Britney at all? Why did you take the time to comment on it? If it really bothered you, you would not even go to the TMZ site--any idiot knows that Britney stories are what you are going to see at TMZ right now.

2378 days ago
175.

Izzy    

Hilarious. The California courts say she cannot hire an attorney cause she is a nut job. So this mysterious attorney shows up who can't represent her and files papers. Sounds like Osama to me.

2378 days ago
176.

noyankhere    

THIS HAS SAM LUFTIS PAWS ALL OVER IT.. CANT BLAME HIM FOR TRYING...

2378 days ago
177.

Obama Hussein Barak is the Anti-Christ    

tmz is a poor excuse for even a gossip site. It is time to move past Britney and stop sensationalizing every ludicrous item you can get your grubby paws on. I could only wish that Time Warner would wake up and pull the plug on this site. If Time Warner needs whatever revenue that this site brings in that badly, Time Warner must surely be hurting. If not, I cannot believe Time Warner would allow this to continue.

2378 days ago
178.

noyankhere    

WOW 170 THATS A GOOD POST, COULDNT HAVE SAID IT BETTER, SAM LUFTI IS UP TO NO GOOD WITH THIS ONE AND WHATS MORE, WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS YOUNG WOMAN'S FORTUNE... WHERE IS THE MISSING 85MILLION DOLLARS? . IT COULD BE CRIMINAL CHARGES IN THE OFFING IF ANSWERS ARE NOT FOUND AND I SUSPECT LUFTI IS TRYING TO COVER HIS AZZ.

2378 days ago
179.

Louisiana Girl    

#22 i think you mean they're not their.....they are getting paid? and how would you know this - telepathy? If they are getting paid, better them than that arabic MFer.

2378 days ago
180.

vega    

Fine, let the white trash retard get her way, just put her skanky used up crotch in jail if she breaks any traffic laws. This piece of trash will never get better. She loves being a disgusting pig low life and doing paparazzi, so let her do them. She will do herself in anyway and do the world a favor. She is a waste of life anyway, and who cares?

2378 days ago
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