Britney Spears' father takes over her affairs

Fri Feb 1, 2008 8:51pm EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles court on Friday placed the affairs of troubled pop singer Britney Spears under the temporary control of her father while she remains hospitalized under psychiatric care.

Superior Court public information officer Allan Parachini said the "temporary conservatorship" was in place until Monday afternoon, at which time a new hearing will take place. He said the court also issued a "civil harassment restraining order" against Spears' manager, Sam Lutfi.

The conservatorship cedes control over the singer's liquid assets, including her home, to Jamie Spears, who petitioned the court for control in an emergency hearing on Friday. Attorney Andrew Wallete shares conservator duties with Spears' dad.

With the court order, Jamie Spears now has the ability to supersede any other powers-of-attorney that may have been issued by the singer, cancel contracts she may have signed and bar people from visiting her in the Los Angeles area hospital.

Spears, 26, the former Disney child star and chart-topping singer, has seen her personal life spin out-of-control since she filed for divorce from ex-husband Kevin Federline in 2006.

Most recently, the Louisiana native has adopted a British accent, caroused around Hollywood Hills wearing pink wigs, and in early January was hospitalized for a mental evaluation after going into hysterics when Federline's representatives tried to retrieve their kids after a visit with Spears.

On Thursday of this week, Spears was again rushed to a Los Angeles area hospital in an ambulance, where she remains, and put under a three-day psychiatric hold.

LUTFI OUT?   Continued...

<p>Britney Spears performs at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas. The troubled pop star was in a Los Angeles hospital on psychiatric hold for the second time in a month on Thursday after being taken from her home by ambulance under a police escort. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith</p>