Britney Spears' Mom Lynne Denies Using Racial Slur Towards Columbus Short

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Lynne Spears, the mother of singer Britney, has denied that she used a racial slur against choreographer and actor Columbus Short in 2003. The incident reportedly occurred when the singer was on a phone call with her parents.

 Page Six printed a statement from Lynne where she emphatically ever denied using the term.

Lynne told Page Six in a statement, "I want to be very clear. Those terrible words are not remotely in my vocabulary. I would never say that to anyone, much less my daughter. Ever."

Columbus Alleged He Heard The Slur Via Speakerphone

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In the pages of his autobiography Short Stories, Columbus claimed he romanced Britney Spears in 2003.

Columbus alleged that he overheard one of the singer's parents using the racial slur during a phone call with their daughter. She reportedly had both her mother and her father, Jamie, on speakerphone.

"I was next to [Britney] while she was on the phone with them crying while she had it on speaker." He claims he overheard her parents ask, "Why are you f***ing that n****r?" 
 

Jamie Spears Also Denied Using The Slur

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He said that Britney looked at him apologetically.

"I shook my head and didn't say anything, because what was there to say?" said the actor.

A source close to Spears' father, Jamie, denied the choreographer's account of the events that transpired during the phone call. The representative said in a statement published in Us Weekly, "Jamie was not there, and not involved. In fact, during this period, Jamie was not involved in Britney's business at all."

Columbus was a backup dancer for Britney and choreographed her 2004 Onyx Hotel Tour.

Britney Was Reportedly Upset By The Language

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He restated his claims during an appearance on Jazzy Short's interview show, Inside Hollywood, as seen here.

Columbus admitted to Jazzy that he was not shocked when the alleged interaction between Britney and her parents occurred.

"Look where they're from. They're from Louisiana. The way it came out was so effortless. Like, that's how they speak. I wasn't shocked, and I wasn't hurt by it. I was just like, 'Wow, this is … OK … I know who I am around here,'" he claimed.

'I Love Britney To This Day'

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He added," "After that, I felt like maybe [Britney] was using me to piss them off for some reason. I think she is a really sweet person that was tormented in a position on a high level that I can't imagine. I liken it to Princess Diana. She was the pop princess. Britney couldn't go anywhere — her world [was] completely controlled in this bubble. There would be times that she would act out, and I don't blame her. She was trying to find her way."

He claimed that he still has feelings for Britney and cares for her, but not in a romantic manner.

"I love Britney to this day. I feel bad for her. I wish the world knew the Britney I knew," he said to Jazzy in the interview.