Britney Spears' hairdresser testified that the pop superstar told her she was scared of her former manager and friend, Osama "Sam" Lutfi.
The testimony came as lawyers for Spears' father seek lengthy restraining orders against Spears' ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib, attorney Jon Eardley and Mr Lutfi.
A judge extended temporary restraining orders against the men and plans to hear further testimony on April 1.
Hairdresser Roberta Romero said Spears' comments came after Mr Lutfi repeatedly sent her text messages in late December.
She said Mr Lutfi was trying to get her to convey messages to the singer, including that he was making efforts to "free" her.
Ms Romero, who has worked as Spears' stylist for more than a year, said the singer told her to tell Mr Lutfi to leave them alone. Ms Romero and Spears notified the singer's security staff about Mr Lutfi's text messages.
Ms Romero said she only spoke to Mr Lutfi once, weeks before Spears' security became involved. She said he was not threatening over the phone, but that the singer told her to avoid her former friend.
"She told me she's scared of him and not to talk to him," Ms Romero said.
Joel Boxer, a lawyer for Spears' father Jamie, read some of the text messages in the Los Angeles court. One message said: "Very close to getting her free now."
Mr Lutfi's attorney, Bryan Freedman, declined to comment after the hearing about the text messages.