Judge boots case against Britney Spears’ parents, conservatorship

A judge on Thursday threw out libel, breach of contract and battery claims filed by former Britney Spears confidant Sam Lutfi against the singer's parents and conservators.
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The accusations in Sam Lutfi’s case against Britney Spears’ parents and her conservators may have been sensational, but the evidence just didn’t hold up — at least in the eyes of the judge, who tossed the suit Thursday before it made it to the jury.

Lutfi’s lawsuit had accused Britney’s mom Lynne Spears of libel, her dad Jamie Spears of battery and her conservatorship of failing to pay him a 15% fee on the singer’s income during the time he claimed to have been her manager. His side rested its case Tuesday.

On Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bruguera agreed with the Spears side’s attorneys, who had argued insufficient evidence — for example, lack of a binding managerial contract — had been presented to back up Lutfi’s accusations.


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Opening arguments by Lutfi’s side had accused the singer of heavy drug use before her 2008 meltdown, and the singer’s former confidant testified that Jamie Spears had hit him in the stomach and chased him around in the kitchen at Britney’s home.

Attorneys for both sides declined to talk to the media, but Lutfi told TMZ he intended to appeal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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