They mean business. On Wednesday, May 8, a judge granted Britney Spears a temporary restraining order against her ex-manager Sam Lutfi, In Touch can confirm. Paperwork for the order was submitted by the singer’s attorney on Tuesday, May 7. The 37-year-old wanted protection against the “severe mental trauma” Lutfi allegedly caused by sending threatening texts to her family.
“We are disappointed at the outcome. I think it is overly broad and violates Mr. Lutfi’s constitutional rights. This is a temporary order and we look forward to coming back on May 28,” Lutfi’s attorney, Marc Gans, said in a statement obtained by In Touch. That’s when a judge will decide whether the order should be more permanent.
Britney sought protection for her father, Jamie Spears, her mother, Lynne Spears, and her two sons — 13-year-old Preston and 12-year-old Jayden. The performer’s team submitted a screenshot of a message from her mother to Lutfi rejecting a $1,000 Venmo bribe attempt which stated: “Stop, do not do this or contact me” as evidence of his harassment. In addition, Britney and her legal team claimed Lutfi is attempting to disrupt her conservatorship — which her mother asked to be a part of on May 7 – through calls for “vigilante action, bribes and [the] release of private information.” The restraining order is meant to “prevent future harm and further psychological trauma.”
Thanks to the restraining order, Lutfi can’t come within 200 feet of Britney, her family, or her manager. Additionally, he was ordered not to contact or post any disparaging remarks about anyone included in the order.
Previously, Britney broke her silence after a recent stay in a wellness center by posting a video to Instagram in which she reassured her fans that all was well. She referenced what’s going on behind the scenes with Lutfi when she wrote, “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.”
Over on Twitter, Lutfi has been tweeting and retweeting about Britney for weeks. In a statement released there on April 23, he wrote, “Britney’s Instagram post has accused me of fabricating emails of hers that have been circulating recently. I can unequivocally state that I never wrote nor had access to her email.”
Hopefully, with her mom stepping in and this restraining order filed, Britney is one step closer to being as healthy and happy as she deserves to be.
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