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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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To the fella that said Lawyers are pigs, I say....that is an insult to pigs But, I agree with everything else you said..Peace Dude!!!

2436 days ago


It seems some of you had crappy parents or maybe it's more like your parents have crappy children. No wonder we have kids going to school with guns & shooting people in malls & churches they probably belong to some of the bloggers on TMZ who are busy trashing the Spears family. You don't seem to have any respect for parents who love & want to help their daughter get well but instead defend a man who was feeding drugs to a sick woman & parading her around town all hours of the night & trying to steal all her money.

Sam & his supporters are sick & evil.

2436 days ago


I find it funny that the ones who really held Britney Hostage never have been held accountable for there behavior. I am speaking of the Paparazzi who litterally trap her in buildings and in her car in public. Or Sam Lutfi - her manager who not only controlled her everymove but what she ate and drank.... how come they haven't been charged with false imprisonment?

2436 days ago


271. First off, how did Britney even find this lunatic???? I hardly doubt she found him, probably Sam trying his crap all over town. She didn't sign a retainer agreement???? That sends red flags all over the place. Feds don't need to use their resources on this stupid filing.
Posted at 6:09PM on Feb 17th 2008 by The real sh


Her "Cousin" Allie.... is where she was introducted to Sam

The same cousin who is hanging around with Sam still and the cousin Britney text-messaged where she would be shopping on Friday. She was waiting for Britney in the dressing room at Fred Segal when Britney arrived on Friday..... supposedly to shop together, but I don't for one minute doubt it was so Britney and Allie could exchange messages from and to the creep Sam.

Britney's father and the shrinks all have their work cut out for them in trying to help Britney, she is insistent on not changing her ways.

2436 days ago

tuna marie    

how do you know sam did all this? mybe it is a smear job by her parents who are trying to do damge control where their daughter's future earnings are concerned. britney was a trainwreck long before sam came along.

2436 days ago


283. how do you know sam did all this? mybe it is a smear job by her parents who are trying to do damge control where their daughter's future earnings are concerned. britney was a trainwreck long before sam came along.

Posted at 12:32AM on Feb 18th 2008 by tuna marie


She became MORE of a trainwreck AFTER Sam came on the scene. You don't need to take anyone here's word for it, read the MTV expose' on Sam at the MTV site and the Blender Magazine article... that is just for beginners.... there is much, much more...

oh..... and a little thing like Sam's publicist ADMITTING Sam was drugging Britney...

2436 days ago

tuna marie    

she married jason before sam, showed her privates before sam, did plenty of dope before sam, was a lousy mom before sam, treated fans like crap before sam and i could go on and on and on. her mom got alot of things wrong in her deposition, and they are trying to use sam as a scapegoat for having an inmoral daughter.

2436 days ago


Hmmmmmm,,,, well about 2 hours before she went out with Pops, X17 is claiming she did this:

X17online can report exclusively that Britney spoke with attorney Jon Eardley last night and told him she wants him to help her get "her life back."

Around 6:00 pm PT Saturday evening, the two spoke about the job Eardley would do for Britney -- he asked what "latitude" she would give him in defending her.

Britney responded: I want my life back; I want to be able to drive my car; I want to be able to live in my house by myself. I want to say who is going to be my security guard. I want to see who I want to see at any time and make it happen.


2436 days ago


Apparently, no one really understands why her parents are doing what they are doing. She suffers from BIPOLAR disorder which when in full swing you can't care for yourself. You forget how to do daily things and that includes showering. WHen in what they call a MANIC state all you want to do is shop and you don't realize what what you are really spending. Her parents are just trying to make sure that their child whom i am sure they love to pieces doesn't end up like most bipolars on the streets either using or just sitting there totally disconnected from reality. The family stepped in just in time to care for her and try to get back the Britney that America once knew and came to love. I have nothing but respect for her family and all that they are doing, because i myself know what she and the family are going through and it is not an easy task to care for a bipolar person who doesn't want to take medication or go to therapy or stay in the hospital long enough for it to make a difference. Give them a break they are doing the right thing.

2436 days ago

Standards are badly needed.    

If Lufti (and Sands) are involved with Attorney Eardley on this, where did a nobody like Lufti get the money to finance this legal run at Britney? Is this another run at Britney's money using Britney's money? I'd like to see her financials for the last year. There could be millions unaccounted for according to rumours on various net sites, which is hardly a source, but the possibility strongly exists, and needs to be looked at. In my opinion, if she is being held hostage, it's by her poor choices, bad judgement, poor previous companions, and her current mental illness . After meeting certain rightful legal criteria, she has been deemed legally unfit to retain an attorney, and therefore her current business manager is not obligated to pay attorneys that she cannot legally even hire. So who's bankrolling this, and why? Does somebody want his sugar mommy ATM back?

2436 days ago


to not your personal cash machine

no,she is harvey's cash cow

2436 days ago

Standards are badly needed.    

Hi, green machine. Harvey doesn't make the news, he just reports it. (Ad nauseum and excessively on occasion.)
The media profit spin-off on wacky star behavior can seem limitless, fueled by the nation's obsession with celebrity as a form of connection or escape.

2436 days ago


To WTF (msg #270): ... just like you have opinions about "this Lufti guy and the lawyers" without your knowing them personally. Some things are just obvious, both about the family and about Lutfi and the others. Based on their known actions, we don't need to be involved with them personally in order to draw reasonable conclusions about them.

2436 days ago


To Rappy (msg #272): We can only guess about what might have happened between Britney and Alli, but I totally agree with you that Brtiney's dad and shrinks have their work cut out for them. Some day, the conservatorship will end, and I see no evidence that Britney won't then resume her self-destructive downward spiral ... and probabaly with a vengeance because of her frustration and resentment for being cooped up.

2436 days ago


what a joke this is, man talk about trying to get on the money train, you go britney be yourself and move on past these idiots

2436 days ago
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