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Britney: I Need Protection from a 'Shake Down!!'

11/2/2010 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The people in charge of Britney Spears are asking a judge to protect her from a potential "shake down" by a former bodyguard who they believe could release info that may put Britney in danger.

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It all has to do with a lawsuit filed by Fernando Flores, a former bodyguard who claims the pop star sexually harassed him by, among other things, walking around her home in the nude.

Flores wants the case tried in civil court -- but Britney's conservators are concerned that Flores will use the public forum to release private information to extort a settlement out of Britney.

In new legal docs filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Team Britney begs the judge to move the case to a probate court, where all of the accusations could be kept from the public ... and protect her from a "shake down."

The conservators also believe, "There is a real possibility that Ms. Spears will be exposed to danger by the release of confidential and personal information."

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for the end of the month.



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