Britney Spears is asking for a restraining order against her former manager Sam Lutfi. The 37-year-old entertainer’s attorneys, according to reports.
The paperwork was filed on Tuesday with the Los Angeles County Superior Court that Lutfi has been repeatedly texting Britney’s mother Lynne, and trying to incite her fans with the #freebritney movement. (The latter refers to a theory circulating online that Britney is being held against her will amid her recent stint at a mental health treatment center.)
Lufti has posted ‘disparaging and threatening comments’ against the star and her family in recent weeks, Spears’ legal team said in court docs.
The Grammy winner’s camp accused Lufti of engaging in ‘vigilante action, bribes and release of private information’ to undermine the pop star’s conservatorship, adding that a restraining order would ‘prevent future harm and further psychological trauma’ to all parties involved.
Lufti last week sent a series of texts to Lynne Spears, 64, criticizing her for her lack of action amid the family crisis, Spears’ legal team told the court. He tried to persuade Lynne to ‘disrupt and take over’ the conservatorship, offering a $1,000 sum she declined, according to the outlet.
Lufti told the family that he has ‘trunks’ of personal items of Britney’s from when he formerly managed her – and could make them public, according to the court docs.
Attorneys requested in the restraining order that Lufti cease all contact with, and remain 200 yards away from, the Make Me… singer; her mother and father Jamie, 66, and sister Jamie Lynn, 28; her sons Sean, 13, and Jayden, 12, with ex-husband Kevin Federline; and her beau Sam Asghari, 25.
The request comes amid a turbulent time in the Spears family, as Lynne and Jamie have been at odds over the administration of the singer’s conservatorship, the outlet reported earlier Monday.
Lynne, saying that Britney is struggling in the wake of her stint at the facility, requested the court give her a say in the ongoing conservatorship.
Lynne would like her lawyer to be involved in a Friday hearing over the conservatorship, at which time they would ask for Lynne to be legally named as part of the conservatorship (but not a co-conservator), the outlet reported.
Sources previously told the outlet that ‘Britney is making bad decisions and it’s a problem,’ citing an issue with her medication she’s taking losing its effectiveness.
Last month, Britney touched on her family problems in an Instagram clip, saying, ‘My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately, so I just needed time to deal. But don’t worry, I’ll be back very soon.’
In a long caption she that accompanied the April 23 clip, Britney said that rumors about her had ‘gotten out of control’ amid ‘just so many things crazy things being said’ likely a reference to the #freebritney movement.
She said that the ongoing issues were causing her a hard time, in a request for privacy amid the turbulent time.
‘I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that’s happening is just making it harder for me,’ she said, later adding, ‘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.’