Britney Spears Face Off with Nemesis Sam Lutfi

5/2/2016 10:30 AM PDT

Britney Spears Faces Off with Nemesis Sam Lutfi

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Britney Spears has to sit face-to-face with the man her family says has been haunting her for years.

Britney is in a conference room right now, answering questions fired off by the lawyer for her former friend and self-proclaimed manager Sam Lutfi. Britney's people went to great lengths to keep Lutfi out of the room, arguing to a judge that he intimidates her and she cannot think properly around him.

The judge didn't buy Britney's argument, but did take steps to protect her. According to the order, the conference room must have a long table, with Britney at one end and Lutfi at the other.

The judge also allowed a "surveillance type camera" to record the entire depo, showing the entire room to ensure Lutfi doesn't intimidate or distract Britney. They're also required to come and go at different times, so he doesn't run into her.

Britney's family claims back in 2007 Lutfi was fueling her with drugs. He claims he was trying to get her off meds.

Lutfi is suing for various things ... he says he's owed money as Britney's manager, and also claims her dad, Jamie, punched him.