Britney Spears continues to battle it out in court with her old manager Sam Lufti. While the two fight over their former partnership, some interesting details about Spears’ past issues are coming to light. Most notably, the court documents have opened the lid on the pop star’s problems with drugs back in 2007.
According to the Daily Mail, Lufti filed a lawsuit against Spears with the California Court of Appeals. Lufti claims that Spears owes him money for being her manager from 2007-2008. In response, Spears has argued that no formal contract was ever drawn up, and that she doesn’t owe Lufti anything.
The relationship between Spears and Lufti started during a difficult time for the singer. The court documents reveal that Spears was struggling with drug abuse when she met Lufti. In fact, things got so bad that Spears slept in a parking lot after she lost her custody case with her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.
However, Lufti revealed that he only agreed to help Spears if she got help with her addiction. After Spears agreed to his terms, Lufti became a close friend and integral part of her life. They also agree that Spears would pay Lufti a hefty sum for his service once she got back in the music industry.
“She spent a night in a parking lot, then called Sam and told him he was one of the few people she trusted,” the documents read. “That night, he moved into her home. With the exception of a brief period in December, 2007, Sam lived in Britney’s home until February 1, 2008.”
Despite the verbal agreement, TMZ is reporting that Britney Spears did not follow through with her end of the bargain. Instead, she continued to use drugs until her relationship with Lufti ended in 2008. From here, Spears’ father, Jamie, was able to get her back on track.
Since then, Spears has made several successful albums and has really turned her life around. Along with her career success, she has also established healthy relationships with her children. This is a drastic change from Spears’ old life, which the court documents have revealed was riddled with drug abuse.
Meanwhile, although Lufti believes his actions were justified, not everyone close to Spears views him in a good light. According to the New York Daily News, Spears’ mother, Lynne, has written about her daughter’s relationship with Lufti. In her point of view, Lufti was anything but a good influence on Spears.
In fact, in her book, Through the Storm, Lynne described Lufti as someone who exploited his friendship with Spears. Not only did he manipulate Spears, but he reportedly cut her off from the outside world, and even aided her addiction to drugs.
Of course, the truth of the matter is yet to be seen. Hopefully, more details are forthcoming as the court case continues to unfold. From here, Spears is expected to testify in a deposition about her time with Lufti, whom she has requested be prohibited from attending the interview.
After Spears testifies, the case will go to the jury, and the final verdict will be announced. Apparently, the main question surrounds whether or not a contract was ever made between Spears and Lufti. Without a written account of their agreement, it will be up to the jury to decide which party is telling the truth and whether or not Spears owes Lufti money.
“It is a factual question for the jury to determine whether an oral contract was formed between Sam and Britney, and if so, to interpret the material terms of that contract,” judge Victoria Chaves instructed the jury.
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