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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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106.

Dixie    

Sam Lutfi should have his sorry ass beaten to a pulp and thrown into jail.

2405 days ago
107.

W T F ?    

Oh Geez, another smoke and mirror show. I think the Feds will see through this and give it back to the State. What a circus.

2405 days ago
108.

Bubblebunny    

Mouthpiece (SAM the Sham) for a MOUTHPIECE (ATTORNEY EARDLEY), who some say is not a member of the bar in NY, but a ? from CA. Yes, we are totally buying this. Not to mention, that according to the State Court, Britney can blab on the phone all she wants, but does NOT HAVE THE MENTAL CAPACITY TO HIRE COUNSEL. Screwy and moot, FERSHTAY?

2405 days ago
109.

faye    

If she's being held hostage, please keep her a hostage. This past week or so is the first time in a year there hasn't been Britney insanity plastered all over every newspaper and newscast. The few photo's we see of her these days are actually not all that bad. At least she's not driving from gas station to gas station to Starbucks back to gas station. Not to mention, the public at large is a hell of a lot safer without Britney driving around.

2405 days ago
110.

Cece    

I think it might be time for the Spars Family to hit back at Sam Lufti with a civil suit asking for few million bucks for interfering in their family's affairs, misleading and conning a mentally sick woman and endangering the welfare of their daughter as well as the outcome of her treatment.

Lufti must be kept away from Britney at all cost. Chaining him with a big lawsuit threatening to see him in jail might do the trick.

2405 days ago
111.

Cece    

Sorry for the typo, I meant Spears Family.


Just a quick addition:

How the hell has Britney being able to contact and hire a lawyer when she has been legaly found unfit to sustain her person and unable to make such legal decisions? Is that the reason why her father and the lawyer guy have been given conservatorship?

2405 days ago
112.

Really now    

Are reigns what a king would hold on his horse?

2405 days ago
113.

Lolo    

Britany has undergone a traumatic experience which I've also experienced the breakup and the situation with her boys. I wish her well and hope that the hound dogs leave her alone!

2405 days ago
114.

joe    

LUTFI IS THE NEW HOWARD STERN OF ANNA NICOLE FAME. AS I RECALL IT WAS SAID THAT LUTFI BOSSED HER AROUND CALLED HER DEGRADING NAMES AND TRIED TO CONTROL HER LIFE. THE PARENTS ARE NOW ACCUSED OF THE SAME SOUGHT OF THING. PEOPLE GET FUNNY WHEN IT COMES TO MONEY. ITS NOT ABOUT BRITNEY SPEARS WELL BEING ITS ABOUT MONEY. WATCH THIS PLAY OUT IT MAY BE THE BEST SOAP OPERA OF THE YEAR

2405 days ago
115.

rovoo    

I hope everybody have interest of protecting her well-being. God be with you all.

2405 days ago
116.

Eneida M    

I found this article at OK! Magazine which clarifies that information:

February 15, 2008
Britney's Cases Staying Put, Court Rep Tells OK!

Despite rumors that Britney Spears' custody and conservatorship hearings may have already been moved to the jurisdiction of a federal court, a spokesperson for the office of public information for the L.A. Superior Court tells OK! that this is not true.

"The state and federal issues would have to be litigated among all interested parties involved in Ms. Spears' conservatorship," explains the spokesperson. "And at this time there is no change to any of her hearing dates on the calendar in state court. It is our view that all current matters remain in full force and effect."

At yesterday's hearing on the state of Britney's conservatorship, a lawyer named John Eardley attempted to file a motion requesting that all of the singer's current legal matters be moved to a federal court. As of yesterday evening, the Commissioner Reva Goetz had neither read nor ruled on the motion.

OK! wants to clarify that today's developments are based purely on a mass email sent to all media outlets by Sam Lutfi's PR flack Michael Sands, who is falsely stating that John Eardley is Britney's attorney. Any changes in Britney's representation must be approved by the court in both her custody and conservatorship cases.

2405 days ago
117.

rovoo    

Britney needs help especially from her own family.

2405 days ago
118.

Ha Ha    

It's "reins" not "reigns."

2405 days ago
119.

Tracy    

This is for Britney : ( if she ever reads this stuff- My way of helping and I want nothing in return!!!!)
Honey come to my house away from California - you can't even walk 2 steps without feeling smothered.- Myself and my family will help you.Bring no money !! we don't need it. Bring only what you think you need. (clothes, toothbrush, ect...) I am willing to help you get better you have to many people around you that are in it for MONEY or FAME. Myself and my husband and our children live in Tennesse, No one will even know you are around. No cameras will be in your face everytime you look out the window or walk outside.
I am afraid you are going to hurt yourself- And you need to get away from all the presure for your kids sake - they deserve a relaxed and healthy mommy . Thanks for your time.
Tracy

2405 days ago
120.

Mr. Hat    

She needs to be held hostage all right. Preferably by the Iraquis.
Put her in the hole vacated by Saddam.

2405 days ago
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