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Posted at 6:30 PM ET, 02/ 1/2008

Britney Spears's Dad Granted Temporary Conservatorship

By Liz Kelly

The UCLA Medical Center where Britney Spears is currently undergoing evaluation. (Getty Images)

Jamie Spears, 1. Sam Lutfi, 0.

In a Friday afternoon court hearing, Britney's Spears's father, Jamie, was granted temporary conservatorship over his daughter pending a Monday hearing.

What does that mean? According to, Jamie will be able to restrict visitors to his daughter, employ security guards to protect her, control Brit's finances, change the locks on her home and kick out anyone currently living there. In addition, the court also reportedly granted Jamie and Lynne Spears the right to prosecute a restraining order against Spears's friend Sam Lutfi, who has been embroiled in a struggle with the Spears family for control of the singer for the past week.

On Thursday, Lutfi called Jamie and Lynne Spears "crazy" in an interview with Us Weekly, saying her problems were "inherited" from her family.

By Liz Kelly  | February 1, 2008; 6:30 PM ET
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities  
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wow. what a mess. i suppose it's too much to hope that daddy spears finally realizes it's time to act like he cares about his daughter's welfare. i suppose it's naive of me to hope that he really *is* attempting to act in his daughter's best interest. nevertheless, i hope...i hope. after all hope is a good thing. sometimes it's the only thing...

Posted by: methinks | February 1, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

by the way, that lone vote on behalf of the parents, (at 6:45 p.m.) not mine. i choose to abstain.

Posted by: methinks | February 1, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow. This is getting messier and messier. Considering the family asked Dr. Phil to drop by, not thrilled with their ability to decide who visits. But, I am glad it is DAD not Mom who is the conservator. He is at least less attention-seeking than her. But, still ain't saying much. I voted "no one."

Posted by: ep | February 1, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe there wasn't a voting button for "Two-Time Celebritology Comment Of The Week Award Winner byoolin" or, at the very least, "person selected at random near Los Angeles Greyhound station."

Posted by: byoolin | February 1, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe there wasn't a voting button for "Two-Time Celebritology Comment Of The Week Award Winner byoolin" or, at the very least, "person selected at random near Los Angeles Greyhound station."

Posted by: byoolin | February 1, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Great. Now I look like a tool.

Posted by: byoolin | February 1, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I voted my hopes, which are that, wow, I REALLY want her parents to be looking out for her.

But if Byoolin had been on there, I would've voted for him.

Posted by: h3 | February 1, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I was never a fan of her music, but this story makes my eyes fill with tears. I work in television, not music anymore, but I wish I could take this poor child out of the limelight into my arms and tell her to cry... cry... just cry it out, baby. Cry until it's all out. Then I'd put her in clothes that cover her entirely, tell her to step out of pop and celebrity for awhile, and never let her out of the house without a wardrobe check. She'd be given organic foods, good books to read, and no access to television, her phones, her former friends or online media.

Then I'd send her to Europe for a few years and put her through college, and make her stick with a course of study and graduate even if she never uses the degree years from now. She'd be permitted to record a few albums, but release them only under an assumed name, and with no nudity, digital pop or dancing. Ideally, it'd be her and nothing but a guitar or piano.

Then I'd have her study the lives of other famous blondes before her and write me an essay explaining what she felt their mistakes were, and how she intended to avoid those mistakes.

Then I'd introduce her to a nice, stable man at a book signing and watch her fall in love, move away and have a normal life after all.

Vote me to manage Britney Spears from now on and repair that poor thing's life. She deserves a life. God gave her one. Can't we allow her one? She needs the space and freedom to quietly find her way to one.

Posted by: I Wish | February 1, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The system is screwed up, too. What judge in his/her right mind would put the alcohol drinking, jail bird, money sucking, attention grabbing daddy in charge of this troubled woman.

What's wrong with everyone!

Posted by: luv2berite4u | February 1, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Ah - now "I Wish" wants to shape Britney, I guess. Every projection of what might be "good" for Britney is included here, at least as projected by this particular writer.

Another writer will have yet another projection... not unlike how we project upon the other "unfortunates" of the world, or for that matter, entire countries of this world who (despite having sovereign governments and elected leaders) are different in style and arouse the American desire to meddle and shape in the image of the shaper.

Well, in Britney Spears' case there is probably a court-mandated pathway for intervention. Her father has been chosen as the most suitable manager of short-term practical matters. The courts will decide the best short-term parent for the children, and perhaps require rehab, treatment or supervision in hopes to re-establish some kind of ordinary parenting relationship between Britney and her kids.

Since mental health professionals and parenting coaches are part of the court system and have no vested interest in either publicity or Britney's wealth and fame (unlike Dr. Phil) it is likely the judge will choose professional solutions that may - in time - help restore Britney Spears' stability as a person and a mom.

Sometimes when you can trust no one, the pros in service of the higher good (and supposedly everyone's best interests) may actually be the best help a person can have on one's side. Britney Spears may get some real trustworthy support here.

Let's hope so - and wish a good resolution for herself and her children.

Posted by: michaelbix | February 1, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Umm, Luv2, I think you are confusing Britney's dad with Lindsey Lohan's dad. As far as I know, Jamie Spears never did time in jail. Michael Lohan did and just got out. Of course, if I am wrong, someone will surely correct me.

Posted by: ep | February 1, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I don't know about any particular scandal with Britney's dad. On the other hand, I thought Eva Longoria and Eva Mendes were the same person, so what do I know?

Posted by: h3 | February 1, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Some tool claiming to be Two-Time Celebritology Comment of the Week Awawrd Winner Byoolin, writes:

I can't believe there wasn't a voting button for"Two-Time Celebritology Comment Of The Week Award Winner byoolin" or, at the very least, "person selected at random near Los Angeles Greyhound station."

Oh, there was:

Sam Lutfi

The REAL Byoolin would never stoop to becoming Bitney's Conservator. He's hold out for LiLo.

Posted by: Sasquatch | February 1, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey folks,

Who cares?

Haven't you had enough of this drawn out soap opera. Let's deep six the whole thing and it will go away. No interest, no antics. We are sick if we wallow in it and so is the media if it panders to it.

Posted by: Joezenith | February 1, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

All the celebrity stuff aside, this whole debacle shows how hard it is to get help for the mentally ill (and/or addicted) in this country. Even if you have a great deal of money... we need better laws. I hope she finds some appropriate treatment, but I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: rk | February 2, 2008 4:16 AM | Report abuse

I don't care. I really really don't.

Posted by: Su | February 2, 2008 5:00 AM | Report abuse

Britney has pushed away all her long-time friends with her abusive behavior and thankfully the family is forcing their way back into her life. Brit barely knows the people around her now. She's practically a stranger in her own life. She only met Lutfi in October and Adnan in December.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 2, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Liz, you didn't give us the option to separate the two parents. Jamie seems pretty sane and normal. Lynne has done a spectacular job screwing up not one, but two (!) daughters.

I voted for her parents, but only because Pops seems like he's looking out for her. Momma don't know Jack from Jill.

Posted by: Pompous Magnus | February 2, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Dad can "control Britney's finances?" Uh oh. Still, he can't do much worse than Lynne Spears.

Posted by: surlychick | February 2, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

What kind of world do we live in, when it is perfectly legal to be hassled and hounded on a 24 hour basis... in the name of... what? Publicity? Magazine? The viewers rights?

We do not have the right to rape a person of their privacy and dignity.

This is shameful. I pray the people who are supposed to love Britney -- her family -- step up to the plate and help her get well. This is a lesson for all of us though... perhaps instead of buying that next tabloid, pass it over.

The change has to start with us. Society.

Posted by: Yvonne | February 2, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

At this point in time, a conservatorship seems the most reasonable course of action. Yes, it is unfortunate in our society--or any society--that a person must manifest bizarre and potentially extremely dangerous behavior for such a long period of time that legal intervention becomes the "last resort"--but such intervention must be seen as a "societal safety net" that works effectively in the overwhelming majority--not all-but overwhelming majority of cases.

Posted by: George Novak | February 2, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Cheer up, byoo. It's not the first time.

Posted by: LLL | February 2, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but I can't endorse the parents (either one) as having Brit's best interests at heart. After all, it was her parents who pushed her from a very young age toward celebrity stardom; who shamelessly promoted her and pimped her to record producers; who did whatever it took to make Britney Spears a household name.

Her parents played a large role in the process of making their daughter the psychological train wreck she has become. And since they derive a large part (if not all) of their income from their daughters' careers, I don't think they can deal with the situation objectively.

Posted by: niceFLguy | February 2, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

RK - you hit on it. What this really illustrates is how difficult it is to get help for the mentally ill especially when they don't consent to it. She needs space and privacy to heal. With her family, managers, and I swear even the doctors angling for a bit of by-product fame, no one is looking out for her best interests.

Posted by: DC Cubefarm | February 2, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Britney who?

Posted by: Mud_Hut | February 2, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I am beyond puzzled as to why the court did not appoint a dis-interested party rather than anyone from this absolutely dysfunctional family in charge of anything. Surely there is someone out there who would do justice by Britney and not seek fame and fortune by acting on her behalf.

Posted by: Judy | February 2, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

My prayers are with you. Come back to the Lord, go back to Louisiana, forget the fame.
"For what shall it profit to gain the whole world, but lose your very soul."
There is nothing in this world ($$$,cars, clothes, drugs, job titles, etc.) that can fill a needy soul.
God Bless you Britney. It is your choice to get well. Please co-operate with all people involved.

Posted by: teddie | February 2, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I think Britney Spears never had the chance to live the life she wanted. She got put into this business as a teen. And when you're a teen you don't have the experience of a 30-year-old. At the same time Britney Spears always seemed to be the girl next door as well as a little bit naive and credulous. That is probably the difference to Christina Aguilera, she seems to be the stronger character, even though she made her own mistakes.

I agree with one of the other comments that says, Britney needs to get out of Hollywood and just find to herself.

Let's wish her all the luck she needs!

Posted by: lena | February 2, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Forget who she is, this is a young mother who simply cannot cope and has had the added pressure of having to resolve this nonsense in the public eye. This woman for all her money, fame and adulation is well and truely alone.

So why are people surprised when she breaks, she is just a human being who has so much but gets so little

Her ex has turned on her like an angry cat and I wonder what his motives truely are? Don't forget this is the man who walked out on a pregnant partner, and frankly it does not get much more dusgusting than this.

I hope Britney finds it inside her to get it together, she needs support and love not media and flashbulbs.

The jury (so to speak) is still out on her parents, as a parent myself I would never have let it get to this point, but I suppose that they are never gonna kill the goose that lays the golden egg ??


Posted by: Dee | February 2, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

The people to blame are her so called parents - she was "pushed" into performing as a child and this whole episode has just rocketed from there, who could see it coming??? Clearly not them!!! She has been cryinG out for help for a long time and NOONE in her personal circle could see it! If i had behaved only half the way britney has my mother would have got hold of me and given me a shake as they say from my neck of the woods, i would have never been allowed to spiral so far out of control at such a young age. She has never been my fav artist but i hope she gets the help she needs or she will do something she cannot return from and then she can hopefully rebuild her relationship with her two boys, and may god willing they will not have to grow up without there mother in there life! i am 28 and i couldnt do without mine


Posted by: mandie | February 2, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Let this be warning to Billie Ray Cyrus. His cute little girl that he has turned into a money making machine at 14 won't have much left to do at 16 other than become the next Britney. I hope Britney's father has the sense to get restraining orders agains the paparazxi surely a mentally ill person has some protection rights that can be used against these dogs.

Posted by: annam | February 2, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: herfan | February 2, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

If someone does not stop her, she will be the next Marylin and Anna Nicole. If it takes the Dad to do it, I say more power to him. At least he is stepping up and doing something. The mother and sister have had to worry about the sisters press and pregnancy. It seems like they are more after the fame and money. If any of them cared about her, they would have all stepped in long before now. I really feel for Britney. I want her to get well and I am not a major fan. I support the dad for finally stepping in even if it is at the last minute. And thank goodness Ad- on, Ad attack, or whomever is gone. He only used her for 15 seconds of fame and all the money he could make while she was sick. Same with the new Sam dude.

Posted by: Sherry | February 2, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Do any of you people have a life?

Posted by: antiquei | February 3, 2008 5:19 AM | Report abuse

Why, do you?

Posted by: h3 | February 3, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It's all so unfortunate, but though it is a difficult time for Britney and her family, She needs her family right now, she is out of control, and the paparazzi is chewing her up like hungry animals, Thank God her family stepped up and did this, this is not the end for Britney, she has a lot of hard work ahead of her, but she can and with Gods help and those who Really Love and Care About Her, she can and will come Through This.

Posted by: Helen | February 3, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

poor Britany, locked away as if anything is wrong with her. she is the only normal person in her life. she's had people use her all her life and then she falls for someone wrong and different and he breaks her heart and like anyone else she collapses. I am so glad when this happened to me, I came home and cried, drank, and did stupid things in private. and with good friend my wounds healed and i got on with life and no one ever locked me up and told me I was mad, they just told me that I was human and that life hurts sometimes.

Posted by: normal | February 4, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

leave britney alone
we love britney
i hope she gets her kids back
she is a great mum<3
i think her parents need to help her not steal her money :(
love you britney
hope u get well soon

Posted by: aneesa&humaa | February 4, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

yeah leave britny alone
i love britny
i hope she gets her talent
she is a great
something or other
i think her parents and friends and posse need to help her not steal her money :(
love you brit brit
hope you get well
for first time in ur life

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