Britney Spears's former 'manager' sues star, parents

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Feb 3, 2009 at 7:11 PM EST

Britney Spears's former self-styled manager sued the singer and her family on Tuesday, claiming the star's parents defamed him and that he was owed unpaid management fees.

Osama "Sam" Lutfi filed suit against Spears and her parents in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging libel, defamation, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract.

The suit comes four days after Spears was granted a restraining order against Lutfi and her former boyfriend Adnan Ghalib, barring both from having contact with her, her parents or her two children.

Lutfi is seeking unspecified general, special and punitive damages.

His suit alleges Jamie and Lynne Spears "began a campaign of slander, libel and defamation aimed at discrediting, destroying and physically and emotionally intimidating Lutfi in order to drive him out of Britney's life."

Lutfi's attorney, Bryan J. Freedman, quoted passages in Lynne Spears' book, "Through the Storm, A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World," which he said were false, including a claim that Lutfi admitted throwing away Britney's phone chargers and disabled her house phones.

"Why would a supposedly loving mother write a tell-all book about the sordid details of two of the most devastating nights of her daughter's life and go on countless talk shows for her own profit?" Freedman asked.

Spears is rebuilding her career after a prolonged period of turmoil in her private life following her 2006 split from ex-husband Kevin Federline.




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