Spears judge extends order against former manager

Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:03pm EDT
 
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By Justin Kroll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge on Monday extended a temporary restraining order for one month against Sam Lutfi, a friend and former self-styled manager of troubled pop star Britney Spears.

Attorneys for Spears and people now controlling her affairs were in court for arguments on whether to make the restraining order permanent. But late Sunday the lawyers and Lutfi agreed he would stay clear of the singer for 30 more days while they worked on putting her life back in order.

"The issue should be continued, and the date agreed on was April 16," Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz told a packed courtroom.

The hearing was then closed for discussion of a report on the singer's medical condition, a court spokesman told reporters.

Spears, 26, rose to fame as a child star on the Disney Channel and recorded numerous hit songs like "Oops ... I Did It Again" as a teenager.

Her life has spun out of control since her late 2006 break-up with ex-husband Kevin Federline and a custody battle over their two sons. She has spent time in rehabilitation and was hospitalized twice in January for mental observation.

Throughout 2007, Lutfi was at her side almost constantly and claimed to be managing her career. As the year ended, Spears was filmed and photographed around Los Angeles wearing pink wigs and talking in a British accent.

After she was hospitalized, a court commissioner granted her father, Jamie Spears, control over her affairs and issued the restraining order against Lutfi.

Also on Monday, a separate judge ordered Spears to pay $375,000 in legal fees to Federline's attorney who is working on the child custody case.

(Editing by Dan Whitcomb)

 
<p>Britney Spears performs at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas September 9, 2007. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith</p>