Britney's former manager sues her for libel

Britney Spears’ former manager and friend Osama “Sam” Lutfi is suing the singer and her parents for libel and defamation.

Britney Spears’ former manager and friend Osama “Sam” Lutfi is suing the singer and her parents for libel and defamation.

Mr Lutfi filed his claim yesterday in Los Angeles, just three days after a judge granted Spears’ father a restraining order against Mr Lutfi and paparazzo Adnan Ghalib.

The lawsuit provides pages of Mr Lutfi’s version of events, including his claim that he urged the singer to reconcile with her parents. Spears’ father, Jamie, now serves as her conservator after taking control of her affairs a year ago with a court’s permission.

Mr Lutfi’s libel claim cites Lynne Spears’ recent book, Through The Storm, and says it is filled with “false statements”.

Mrs Spears once accused him of grinding pills into her food to control her, a claim he denies in his lawsuit.

Spears, 27, has a resurgent career with a new album and tour planned.

Mr Lutfi claims the Spears’ actions have caused him to suffer “humiliation, mental anguish and emotional and physical distress”.

His lawsuit also claims he has received death threats and “has been subjected to unfathomable amounts of ridicule and public scorn”.

Mr Lutfi is also seeking unspecified damages based on an oral contract he claims he and Britney Spears forged in 2007.

The suit states the agreement called for him to serve as Spears’ manager for four years and receive 15% of her earnings. He claims the singer confirmed the contract in a text message.

Spears renounced her friendship with Mr Lutfi last year in a statement issued through her court-appointed lawyer. The remarks came after an agreement was apparently reached that Mr Lutfi would not try to contact her.

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