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Britney Spears Trial

Justin Timberlake Blamed

For Her Meltdown

10/19/2012 2:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lawyers for the defense in the Britney Spears trial have just blamed Britney's breakup with Justin Timberlake for her downward spiral that ultimately got her 5150'd, TMZ has learned.

According to a lawyer for Lynne Spears and Britney -- who made opening statements for the defense just moments ago -- the breakup with Justin ended in pain and sent the singer in a downward spiral. 

According to the lawyer, prior to the relationship with Justin, Britney was a "ray of light." But after the breakup ... she became "angered and depressed."

Interesting ... because based on JT's "Cry Me a River" video, we were under the impression that he dumped Britney's ass because she cheated on him.

Story developing ...

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16.

campy    

See Harvey, nobody tells the truth in court anymore. Even the lawyers. Everybody bs's around, gets paid, goes home and returns the next day to do it again.

702 days ago
17.

mick    

Prior to her break-up with Justin, Britney was a teenager. Of course she was a ray of light. Most mental illnesses strike in your twenties. Her defense better do better then that. She married twice and had two kids inbetween and seemed fine.

702 days ago
18.

angelaB    

What the heck? Justin and Britney broke up in 2002. Britney had her meltdown a whole 5-6 years later in 2007. That's a husband and two kids later. I hardly doubt a teenage puppy love break up had anything to do with any breakdown. If anyone is responsible, its Kevin Federline.

702 days ago
19.

EarthAngel    

It's NO ONES "fault"......when you're sick,,,,,you're sick.....period

702 days ago
20.

MinnesotaNice    

FYI: Doing drugs damages your brain people! Yes, she is probably clinically diagnosed with some bipolar type disorder, but drug use also creates the same symptoms. In the 60's and 70's, people who used acid were diagnosed as clinically insane. Permanently augmenting the brain. Permanent damage!! Crystal meth, bath salts and other hallucinogenic drugs (that all those hipsters think are so cool to experiment with) cause LIFE LONG damage. The depression that Britney succumbed to is textbook. Just say no.

702 days ago
21.

Danielle123    

This is the stupidest thing I've heard yet. Justin's to blame for her doing drugs? Oh ok. These celebs are just like one another; playing the blame game. Accept responsibility and move on. They really are reaching her because wasn't she married to Kfed with kids by the time she had her meltdown? I believe Brit truly has mental problems and instead of putting that on other people, they need to get her help. Honestly.

702 days ago
22.

Demi    

It is blatant the difference in Britney's demeanor before and after Justin. It does not really matter if she cheated or not, a breakup can trigger depression and loss of enjoyment of life as a result. Nobody is perfect. She is a human being. If she cheated maybe the regret makes it all even more painful.

702 days ago
23.

Laura    

She had married and had two children after Timberlake. Britney became angry and depressed after Lufti came into her life. But what does ANY of this have to do with Lufti's claim?

702 days ago
24.

Melissa B    

I KNEW it! She always acted off after that and it started to show as someone said during the Onyx tour. She just didn't have her passion anymore. Then her marrying Kevin was just rebellion and an effect of it all. He was not the love her life. And 'Every time' is a song she wrote to JT, bc she cheated on him w her choreographer Jamie something. I believe it was Jamie King. It was the guy who helped JLO & Marc Anthony w their reality show Q'Viva.

702 days ago
25.

Melissa B    

I KNEW it! She always acted off after that and it started to show as someone said during the Onyx tour. She just didn't have her passion anymore. Then her marrying Kevin was just rebellion and an effect of it all. He was not the love her life. And 'Every time' is a song she wrote to JT, bc she cheated on him w her choreographer Jamie something. I believe it was Jamie King. It was the guy who helped JLO & Marc Anthony w their reality show Q'Viva.

702 days ago
26.

Jen    

You have got to be ****ing kidding me, they should be ashamed of themselves with this excuse. She was with K**** and had **** out babies and totally moved on with her life since that break up.

702 days ago
27.

ManiacalZebra    

How many years down the line is the ex finally off the hook for bizarre behavior?

702 days ago
28.

ohboy    

Interesting, I just read about the song Justin Timberlake sang...apparently BRITNEY CHEATED on him, and that song was about her doing it. So, no bi-polar disorder here, just a slut that could not keep her legs closed and cried about what she lost. LMAO, good for him, Jessica Biel is a hundred times hotter. Britney Spears is a wh. ore

702 days ago
29.

yeahrightmoron    

I don't think they are blaming HIM, they are saying that the breakup, which WAS INDEED her fault sent her into a tailspin - one that unfortunately included KFED. I've said all along that KFED hit her like a ton of bricks because what she THOUGHT would happen with him & what actually happened was something she just wasn't mentally prepared for. For the record, I do think she's always been bi-polar which led to the hookup with dancer dude that ended things with Justin. Ultimately this is a prime example of what happens when CHILDREN get too much too fast & when they end up being bread winners for adults who then can't tell them a damn thing when they go off the rails.

702 days ago
30.

J    

Again with you guys. He just got married, she has a better life and you really feel the need to report this stuff. Trying to make the world a better place to live in??

702 days ago
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