Spears to face new child abuse investigation

Britney Spears will face a fresh child abuse probe by social services - her former bodyguard Tony Barretto has made an official complaint against the star.

Britney Spears will face a fresh child abuse probe by social services - her former bodyguard Tony Barretto has made an official complaint against the star.

Spears lost physical custody of her two sons - Sean Preston, two, and Jayden James, one - to her ex-husband Kevin Federline earlier this week after reportedly ignoring a string of court-imposed demands and skipping mandatory drug tests.

But the pop star, 25, is now facing more accusations of child abuse - just one month after she was cleared of similar allegations by the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services.

The DCFS was responding to an anonymous complaint which had been submitted to authorities in July, accusing Spears of damaging her children's dental hygiene and affecting their eating and sleeping habits.

On Wednesday, as Federline was told he would retain custody of their two kids, Barretto and his lawyer Gloria Allred met with US Child Protective Services, where he gave detailed accounts of Spears' alleged drug abuse and nudity around her young sons.

Speaking shortly after the meeting, Allred confirmed: "We have filed a child abuse referral. All we ask of Britney is to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. She can tell her side of the story."

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