The singer’s parents are being sued by her former manager
Britney Spears is not being sued, but her parents are by her former manager based on allegations that the three are in breach of contract. The former singer was not in court on Thursday, Oct. 18, but her parents were to listen to the former manager and his attorney’s opening statements.
Attorney Joseph Schleimer, who is representing Sam Lufti in the Britney Spears lawsuit, gave an opening statement Thursday, which entailed Spears’ abuse of amphetamines, mainly speed. In this statement, he also turned in pictures of Spears with a shaved head and the umbrella incident as proof of her allegedly speed-induced episode.
Lufti claims that she used Lufti to cover up a severe amphetamine problem that led up to her psychotic breakdown in 2008, according to the Associated Press. After the events that led to Spears in the hospital after hitting paparazzi SUV with an umbrella on Jan. 28, 2008, Lufti was fired from her team.
The Spears allege that Lufti had been keeping the singer from contacting those close to her, as well as cutting her off from the world. They say the former manager cut off her phone line, hid her cell phone and used the paparazzi to keep Britney in check.
Lufti is also suing Britney Spears’ mother because of her tell-all book Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World, on accounts of defamation. Jamie Spears, Britney Spears’ father, is not left out of the courts either. He is being suing for punching him, allegedly. Overall, Lufti wants a share of the singer’s fortune as payment for the supposed 15 percent of her earnings he was supposed to get for being her manager.
The trial will continue Friday, Oct. 19 to give Spears’ parents a chance to make their own opening statement.