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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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Leah    

This is jsut wout of control due to the greed of too many people. Sorry folks like Britney jsut so happens to be calling a lawyer about her troubles. She is out and about with paps in her face every day - if she was bing held hostage she woul dmake a run for it or let the paps know given they are filming this. Its Lufti who is behind this rubbish there is no question. Its sick. And, as for the father and brother making money out of her- what a load of crap. Who should get it - strangers. HEr father is a cook for gods sake and has never taken her money - why woul dhe start now. Wht you think Adnan and Lufti and every lawyer it seems in the country has all the right in the owrld to her money. Her immediate family are there to help her but at the end of the day Britney made her own decisions. She is not the only child star - but have we seen her fellow musketeers going off the rails? ie Christina and Justin. Its because she has a mental illness people. She needs he3lp and at this point those who she should be able to trust are her parents and brother and sister. Her family ahve to protect her assets for her children and not see tha tit goes to people who have known her 5 minutes.
Lily http://fearlessandfabulous.blogspot.com

2349 days ago
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kay    

Sounds like someone else wants in on the brittany train!!

2349 days ago
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Lisa    

Scary characters trying to paralyze this process...
Hopefully Britney has some idea that these parasites are in it for their own gain and not her good will...
Send Sam Lufti to prison ASAP!!

2349 days ago
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nick    

leave her alone

2349 days ago
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ash    

WOWZA! THIS CHICK HAS THE CRAZIEST LIFE EVER!!!! THEY SAY MORE MONEY MORE PROBLEMS, BUT IF MONEY WASN'T ANY OF YOUR PROBLEMS THAN WHAT PROBLEMS WOULD YOUR MIND CREATE????

2349 days ago
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danie    

sam and his attorneys are pimps and swine.

2349 days ago
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S.    

Wow! That Sam guy is a piece of freakin' work, man. Who does he think he is? As if her parent's are trying to hold her hostage and what are they making her life worse then it was? It seems a lot better to me.

2349 days ago
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opekoe2001@yahoo.com    

> she'll never be alright---Its Over!
No semblance of class is left----just everything involving this Family is Trash.....carnival like....Just Out there!!
Judy Garland--2008

2349 days ago
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thom    

Yes. When you are a psychotic drug addict and someone steps in and takes control and you are not able to run wild and do exactly what you want to do from one minute to the next, you certainly do feel like you are being held hostage. Why are we paying attention to the complaints of a crazy person? And why is this a headlilne story?

2349 days ago
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Miss Grundy    

"The lawyer who derailed the Britney Spears conservatorship case tells TMZ Britney herself called him and asked him to take the reigns."

Reins.

Good grief.

2349 days ago
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Anonymous    

LMAO there's pictures of Britney (looking gorgeous, by the way) going out to eat with her father from tonight. Sounds like BS. Sam needs to get over the fact that he ain't on payroll anymore or capable of controlling this poor girl any longer.

2349 days ago
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ash    

britney ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i feel a crater being carved into my head every time I have to read her name............ I am on tmz though so what the hell do I expect.

2349 days ago
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Texan    

Blood IS thicker than water. I'm so glad the two men in her life who care the most about her (her dad and her brother) are there to help get Britney on the right track. I'm glad they have taken charge of her estate for now so that creeps like Lufti can't scam her out of her wealth. That's probably why he wanted her to be drugged up all the time!

Someone on here made a comment about 'how could she be drugged up if she was having court-ordered drug tests?' If you will remember, she was a no-show at some of those testings! I believe Lufti very carefully staged a lot of her behaviour to his benefit. He was trying to appear to be concerned and protective of Britney, but he was manipulating her. Lately, it seems she's more alert and doing better and she looks better too.

It is good that she is going back to dancing and staying out of the public eye more. I hope everything works out for her. I'm especially glad that her family is there to help in her time of crisis.

2349 days ago
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nancy    

This is not news, TMZ, it's been going around for a while. Also, it's not true, as reported by numerous other sites. So why are you shoveling this old, junky story our way? Hey, x17 has Britney out tonight. So why this useless story?

Ah! It's the weekend and you have baby interns covering tonight, right? And they don't know anything, right? Okay. Fire the interns.

2349 days ago
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