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Britney Spears has been forced to take out a restraining order against her former manager, Sam Lufti, who must now stay at least 200 yards away from the singer and not contact or disparage any of Britney’s family members.
According to TMZ, Spears’ legal team sought a restraining order against Lufti after he reportedly posted “disparaging and threatening comments on social media” and sent multiple texts to Britney’s mother Lynne Spears reportedly offering her $1,000 to “disrupt and take over” the conservatorship arrangement Britney’s father has with his daughter.
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I wanted to say hi, because things that are being said have just gotten out of control!!! Wow!!! There’s rumors, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things crazy things being said. I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that’s happening is just making it harder for me. Don’t believe everything you read and hear. These fake emails everywhere were crafted by Sam Lutfi years ago… I did not write them. He was pretending to be me and communicating with my team with a fake email address. My situation is unique, but I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment 🌸🌸🌸 You may not know this about me, but I am strong, and stand up for what I want! Your love and dedication is amazing, but what I need right now is a little bit of privacy to deal with all the hard things that life is throwing my way. If you could do that, I would be forever grateful. Love you ❤️❤️❤️
TMZ and numerous other media outlets are reporting Lufti is behind the #FreeBritney movement on social media, which claims the pop star is being held against her will. The movement began after Spears announced she would be postponing her Las Vegas residency to focus on her family as her father recovers from a life-threatening ruptured colon.
According to The Guardian, a previous restraining order was taken out against Lufti in 2008 when Lynne Spears accused him of drugging Britney and controlling her phone use. Another order was taken out in 2009 when Spears’ legal team accused Lufti of trying to control Britney’s financial assets.