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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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181.

Bobbi    

Anyone who defends Sam is crazzy....read the article MTV wrote about him and it will make you sick...her family is trying to protect her...It will last a little while longer, and then she will get the power back. Being held "hostage" is a joke. She needs to be in her house, with her mental state she is a danger when driving all over. And lets think about her kids. If she remains buddy buddy with Sam...she will NEVER get her kids back...not after all the information about him drugging her turned to be true. I pray for herfamily and hope that they are getting throught to her. All outside parties...sam..this "new" lawyer etc. are in it for the money. I hope she remembers all of the great people she has around her in the past and that they are trying to help her and protect her from creeps.

2407 days ago
182.

noyankhere    

MMMM WHATS YOUR PROBLEM , JACK54? , WHAT IS DONE IN THE DARK WILL EVENTUALLY COME TO LIGHT SO KEEP ON COMPLAINING .. LUFTI IS GOING DOWN.. GO BACK TO TELL HIM THAT.. I HEAR THE GULF STATES ARE GOOD THIS TIME OF YR.. E ENTERTAINMENT ARE SAYING HIS FAMILY IS SENDING HIM TO THE GULF AS THEY HAVE BUSINESS INTERESTS THERE... IT MIGHT BE A GOOD TIME TO GO BEFORE THE NET TIGHTENS...

2407 days ago
183.

cammi    

Britney is a stupid low life who is mad that she can't be driving around all night visiting gas stations and showing off her cooter. They should let her be on her own and destroy herself. She will never listen to anyone or get better anyway. Let her do what she wants and she will be done in about a year anyway. One less piece of trash will not be missed.

2407 days ago
184.

Jan    

Why shouldn't it be a conflict of interest for Sands to represent Lufti for Britney when he represented Kaplan for KFed? Sands has to know information AGAINST Britney that he learned while working on the case representing KFed in the custody battle. Now he is representing an attorney that Lufti obtained stating it is for Britney!! You know Lufti has violated the restraining order as it is obvious Lufti told Britney to call this new attorney and do this. All of these STRANGERS are taking advantage of a mental patient. Why aren't their laws to protect the mentally ill from being controlled, drugged, and taken advantage of like Lutfi did to Britney? Britney's family are being watched and advised by a court appointed lawyer. I feel she and her property are so much safer in her family's hands. Britney looks so much better now that Lufti can't come near herr. Although with this going on via Lutfi, it proves he's getting his controlling fangs in her somehow. I hope Adnan is not helping as he took her to the first attorney that obeyed the rules of the court and refused to represent her. I still don't trust Adnan and don't believe the Spears do either but allowing Britney to continue to see him proves they are not controlling her totally and she is not in prison. Britney is doing productive things and looks so much healthier. How can anyone believe this jackass, Sands????

2407 days ago
185.

annie    

Where is ho Britney any more "Normal" than usual? She is walking around with sheer blouses and her boobs showing with no bra. She wears ripped up fishnets up to her big butt, she looks gross and stupid as usual. She is only doing what they say to get her way again. Let her go, she deserves whatever happens to her.

2407 days ago
186.

whatever tha fu*!/rockergirl    

well, with all that money she didn't plan life out very smart, did she !? u can still make good decisions Brit, even though you've screwed up half of ur life !!

2407 days ago
187.

brainless britt    

Jack 54..your idiocy is showing..what the hell are YOU doing here!! dimwit!!

2407 days ago
188.

Cheryl    

It is obvious to me that Sam is still trying to control what goes on in her life. He lost his prized possession and he has the nerve to continue to try to fight to get her back. It is not going to happen, but I do hope that he will be going to jail soon. Maybe someone will accidentally hit him with a car, truck, suv,,,,

2407 days ago
189.

Obama Hussein Barak is the Anti-Christ    

180. MMMM WHATS YOUR PROBLEM , JACK54? , WHAT IS DONE IN THE DARK WILL EVENTUALLY COME TO LIGHT SO KEEP ON COMPLAINING .. LUFTI IS GOING DOWN.. GO BACK TO TELL HIM THAT.. I HEAR THE GULF STATES ARE GOOD THIS TIME OF YR.. E ENTERTAINMENT ARE SAYING HIS FAMILY IS SENDING HIM TO THE GULF AS THEY HAVE BUSINESS INTERESTS THERE... IT MIGHT BE A GOOD TIME TO GO BEFORE THE NET TIGHTENS...

Posted at 10:08AM on Feb 17th 2008 by noyankhere

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My problem (as you call it) is that I am a Britney fan and want EVERYONE to lay off and let her get well. Yes, I agree ... the truth will come to light (just not fast enough). As far as your comment "LUFTI IS GOING DOWN.. GO BACK TO TELL HIM THAT": (1) I cannot wait for him to go down; (2) if I knew where he was, so would the authorities.

2407 days ago
190.

me    

Sam will be in debt for the rest of life by starting the lawsuit... but Britney doesn't even care about who's fighting over her. She's a no-brainer.

2407 days ago
191.

Obama Hussein Barak is the Anti-Christ    

177. 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.

Posted at 10:04AM on Feb 17th 2008 by jack54

2406 days ago
192.

marilyn    

So what? Did Brit find his number in the phone book? And call him with the phone she can't use cuz she is imprisoned?

And her dad works as a chef and is not living off of Britney. Nor does her bro. Did it once occur to you nathsayers, that her family loves her and what they are seeing scared the hell out of them so they stepped in?

I am sure Brit is bawking but she is nuts, remember? I see they don't control what she wears tho. Still walking about with clothes that look like they can fall off her surgically enhanced breasts at any given time, which we all know how she loves to expose herself ( gee.. wonder why she doesn't have her kids? )

Lets get Sam, the meal ticket back , so he can give her some more dope she TMZ would have more to cover all things Britney

2406 days ago
193.

stop    

It is the nicest I have seen Spears for months in the pictures of her having dinner with her Dad. Why are you INCORRECTLY TMZ saying the conservorship has been derailed when every other source clearly states it has not? What is wrong with you. She looked like she was having a lovely time. At the same time, there is an excellent article by a lawyer saying that there could well be the possibility that Lutfi is doing this to avoid investigation into her finances as it could demonstrate her missing millions have gone over the past 6 months. Look at how clear her eyes are. That was one thing about her, she had sparkling eyes and they simply died at the hands of that vile basssstarrrrd. Stop reporting crap about derailing and start looking for Lutfi and his actions.

2406 days ago
194.

IhateJon    

This has Osama Bin Lutfi written all over it!!! Let's hope the Federal Courts can see through this. This is the best chance this girl has had in a long time to start getting better. She was CLEARLY not able to run her own finances. $10000 - 2AM shopping sprees. Buying men cars right and left. Checking in to hotel after hotel. I say let Jamie Spears remain in control. Everyone can SEE what happened when Britney was in control. If anything SAM LUTFI was holding Britney hostage, NOT JAMIE SPEARS!!! These family members were with her WAY BEFORE HER SUCCESS and will be with her WHEN SHE GOES BROKE!!! I don't think you can say that much for the others......Sam Lutfi, Adnan, K-Fed......

2406 days ago
195.

anonymous    

This spurious lawsuit is exactly why Britney needs to be under a conservatorship and protected by the courts at this time. There are vultures circling around her, and she has not been healthy enough to combat them. They go after the weak, helpless, and ill. These people really have unmitigated gall to even file such a ridiculous suit. Osama might as well send a written confession to the police and the newspapers admitting that he is out to do great harm to Spears, because this lawsuit indicates that this is the situation. Nobody who cares about the health and future of Britney would want her to be put back in the situation she was in a few weeks ago. Only those who were profiting from it would wish such a thing, and that would be Lufti.

It's funny that someone like Lufti is too stupid to realize how he incriminates himself. "Yes, I ground up her pills and gave them to her. I control her."

2406 days ago
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