Britney Spears was super-paranoid that her hair contained traces of the hardcore drugs she was using -- and that's why she SHAVED IT ALL OFF during her infamous 2007 meltdown ... at least according to Sam Lutfi.
Sam's lawyer, Joseph Schleimer, has been telling the court ... Britney was a serious drug-abuser ... who had a penchant for crystal meth.
Schleimer suggested Britney was concerned that a judge would test her hair for drugs -- and when it turned up positive, she would lose custody of her kids.
So, Britney ... being Britney ... believed that if she chopped off her hair, she could beat the drug test ... at least that's what Lutfi's lawyer is implying.
Britney's side has yet to respond.
Britney Spears Trial
Lutfi Claims Amphetamines
At Root of Brit's Craziness
10/18/2012 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The "Britney Spears" trial has officially begun, and right out the gate Sam Lutfi's lawyer told the jury ... "She liked to use amphetamines. Most everything that went wrong was because of this drug."
Sam's lawyer, Joseph Schleimer, admitted in opening statements ... Sam used Adderall (an amphetamine) for ADD, but he was adamant, Sam never gave her the drug.
And Schleimer claimed, Sam repeatedly told Britney she needed to get off drugs, to no avail. Schleimer says Sam wanted to bring a new team in -- he called it "the varsity team" -- to help save her.
And Schleimer says in an attempt to clean Brit's house of drugs, he brought in a drug-sniffing dog and found a baggie of crystal meth.
Schleimer also said Britney's dad Jamie Spears attacked Sam while Sam was working for Britney, punching Sam and knocking the wind out of him.
As for Sam's managerial role with Britney -- Schleimer says Britney approached HIM to be her manager, offering 15% of her total earnings ... $800,000 a month when she wasn't on tour, and MILLIONS when she was.
Schleimer also gives Sam credit for hooking Britney up with her fiance Jason Trawick -- claiming he introduced the two at Jason's Halloween party in 2007.
Don't Let Sam Lutfi Say
I Hate Jews
10/17/2012 12:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Britney Spears' mom is afraid Sam Lutfi will paint her an anti-Semite during their imminent trial -- so she just got an order blocking him from making Jew-hating allegations ... TMZ has learned.
The order stems from Lynne Spears calling Sam Lutfi a "Svengali" in her book -- a name used to describe a person who controls others through deceitful means.
But the word arguably has anti-Semitic roots as well, referring to the "Wandering Jew" character in Christian mythology.
Lynne was afraid Sam -- who is Jewish -- would run with the "Svengali" reference and use it to label her an anti-Semite during the defamation trial -- by calling an expert witness to testify about the anti-Semitic roots of the word.
Lynne filed papers asking the court to block Sam from calling such an expert witness -- and the judge signed off because it's not relevant and ridiculously prejudicial.
The case is currently mired in jury selection.
Britney Spears' Lawyers
Sam Lutfi's A Drug Pusher
NOT Her Manager
10/17/2012 6:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Britney Spears' lawyers will come out of the gate swinging in Sam Lutfi's lawsuit against her and her family ... calling BS on his argument that the singer was on drugs and he was trying to save her.
Sources connected with the case tell us ... lawyers for the conservatorship will scoff at Lutfi from the get-go, noting that he is suing her because he claims she signed a contract making him her manager.
Their point -- how can someone deep into drugs be competent enough to sign any contract, and what's the point of signing a contract if she's too wasted to perform?
Lutfi claims Britney was on meth and other drugs and he worked 24/7 to rehab her, to no avail. Lawyers for Britney and Lynne Spears will make the case that Sam was like a sleazy drug pusher and fame whore who fueled Britney with drugs to control her and isolate her from her friends and family.
I Have A Ton
10/11/2012 11:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Britney Spears is crazy like a fox, because she's accumulated a fortune ... way MORE THAN $32 million ... TMZ has learned.
According to new docs filed in her conservatorship case, as of December 31, 2010, the conservators reported assets totaling $32,376,140.90. Sources connected with the conservatorship tell TMZ, that figure does not include a number of valuable assets.
On top of that, since 2010, Britney had a successful concert tour that raked in $68 million and she signed a $15 million deal with "X Factor."
Now get this. We also got the lowdown on what Britney spent in 2010 alone. The items include:
-- Child Support and Care: $303,673.72
-- Cleaning expenses: $27,265
-- Personal grooming and wardrobe: $61,295.12
-- Automobile expenses: $59,351.92 (and she didn't even buy a car that year)
-- Rent for Calabasas house: $19,000 a month
-- Electric Bill: $5,629.43 in just one month
-- Gas Bill: $1,841 in just one month
-- Water Bill: $2,278.27 in just one month
One thing's for sure ... Britney isn't cash poor. As of the end of 2010, she had cash on hand totaling $14,740,566.71.
That's a lot of Fanta.
Accuser Claims Drug Dog
Found Crystal Meth In Home
9/28/2012 10:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sam Lutfi -- the self-proclaimed manager of Britney Spears who is suing her for defamation -- claims in new legal docs a drug-sniffing dog found a cache of crystal meth in her home.
The allegations were filed in connection with the upcoming trial. Lutfi claims Britney, along with her parents Lynn and Jamie -- defamed him by saying he drugged the singer during her dark period.
In the docs, Lutfi talks about what he would want Britney to testify about. As of now, she will not take the stand because a judge has found she is not competent to testify as a result of the conservatorship.
Lutfi says in the docs Britney should testify about an incident in 2007 ... he claims he "brought drug-sniffing dogs into her home ... and they found a cache of crystal methedrine, which was destroyed."
Lutfi goes on ... "Britney should further testify that drug dogs found 'hot spots of drug residue in the carpeting, where her young sons [ages 1 and 3] played during visits."
Lutfi says he covered it up by shampooing and eventually replacing the carpet.
Lutfi also claims Britney told him her dad Jamie "was a violent racist," and an abusive alcoholic.
For the record ... Jamie became Britney's conservator and is widely credited with saving her life.
Britney's reps could not immediately be reached for comment.
If She Can Do 'X Factor'
... She Can Testify
8/31/2012 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If Britney Spears can pull in $15 million to judge "X Factor" ... she sure as hell is competent enough to testify in court . . . this according to her self-proclaimed ex-manager Sam Lutfi.
If you recall ... Lutfi filed a massive lawsuit against the Spears family in 2009 -- suing for a whole mess of things, including defamation and unpaid management fees. For the record, Britney has denied Lutfi ever managed her.
Now, Lutfi wants Britney's testimony -- filing papers in L.A. County Superior Court yesterday, asking a judge to order Britney's conservators to make her available as a witness in the case.
Lutfi wants to grill Britney about alleged defamatory statements her parents made about Lutfi -- including that he drugged her and cut her phone wires to keep her away from her family. He also wants to ask Brit questions about an alleged management contract that guarantees him a cut of her fortune.
According to the filing, Britney's conservators have argued she is not mentally competent to testify as a witness -- so Lutfi included a DVD of Britney on "X Factor" in order to prove that's not the case.
Lutfi claims the "X Factor" footage shows Britney is lucid, articulate, and competent at the judges' table and therefore perfectly capable of being a witness.
A hearing is scheduled for September 25. A judge has yet to rule.
How Cool is a
8/24/2012 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Our photog had a chance to fire off one question to Britney Spears as she strolled through The Grove Friday -- so of course we wanted to know if she was "cool" with having a conservator for the rest of her life.
Britney and her fiance-conservator Jason Trawick were leaving Planet Dailies restaurant at the time and Brit's reaction is priceless ... as is the way our photog tried to butter her up before asking the question.
TMZ broke the story Thursday ... the reason the conservatorship has lasted 4 1/2 years -- with no end in sight -- is because she has a medical condition that affects her decision-making process.
Is Behind Conservatorship
8/23/2012 12:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There's a reason Britney Spears' conservatorship has lasted 4 1/2 years with no end in sight -- it's because she has a serious medical issue that prevents her from making consistently sound decisions ... TMZ has learned.
Documents were filed Tuesday in the conservatorship case, urgently asking the judge to seal certain records. In the papers, lawyers for the conservators called the records "highly sensitive," adding "irreparable harm and immediate danger" would befall Britney if the documents weren't sealed.
Multiple sources with firsthand knowledge tell TMZ ... the records are medical documents outlining Britney's condition and treatment.
We're told the singer has a disorder affecting her personality that can affect her state of mind. We're told she is doing "extremely well" but needs the safety net of a conservatorship.
Sources tell us there is no plan to end the conservatorship, and the judge is completely down with it.
FYI ... there are 2 components of the conservatorship -- the personal and the business. The personal conservatorship allows Jamie Spears and Jason Trawick to make life decisions for her. The business conservatorship involves managing Britney's career and fortune. As for the business side, we're told it will probably go on indefinitely because it has been incredibly successful.
Screw With Me ...
I'll Nail You In Court
7/5/2012 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Britney Spears just taught a hard lesson to two dudes who have been dogging her -- a judge has ordered them to pay her a fortune in legal fees.
A judge just ordered Britney's ex-manager, Sam Lutfi to pay Britney's estate (she's under a conservatorship) $92,845 in attorneys fees. You may recall, Britney's lawyers got a restraining order against Lutfi who has been like a bad meal that just doesn't go away. Now Lutfi must foot the bill for Britney's hired guns.
Ditto attorney Jon Eardley, who claimed to represent Britney in an attempt to unhinge the conservatorship. Britney's lawyers say Eardley never repped Brit and they got a restraining order against him as well. Eardley must now pay Britney's estate $98,585.