Britney Spears hospitalized again

Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:20pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Troubled pop star Britney Spears was in a Los Angeles hospital for the second time in a month on Thursday after being taken from her home in the middle of the night by ambulance and a fleet of police.

Several celebrity media outlets reported that the singer was being held for a mental evaluation. Hospital officials declined to comment, citing patient confidentiality.

News video showed more than a dozen police motorcycles and squad cars entering and leaving Spear's Los Angeles home shortly after midnight on Thursday and taking her to the UCLA Medical Center.

Spears, 26, whose life has grown increasingly erratic in the past 12 months, is being held for a three-day mental evaluation on the orders of her psychiatrist, her self-styled manager, Sam Lutfi, told the New York Post's gossip Web site

Spears' estranged mother, Lynne, and her father, Jamie, were pictured leaving the hospital on Thursday morning along with Lutfi. Lynne Spears told reporters only that Britney was okay.

Celebrity web site said the pop star's psychiatrist felt Spears, who is followed night and day by paparazzi, was a danger to herself because of reckless driving and a recent deterioration in her behavior.

Thursday's transfer to hospital was prearranged, according to, with Spears' doctors, her parents and Los Angeles police.

Spears' personal life went downhill after she filed for divorce from Kevin Federline in November 2006. She was seen out partying without wearing panties. She shaved her head, attacked paparazzi and spent a month in rehab.

Spears, who has lost custody and visiting rights with her two young sons, was ordered late last year to undergo random drug and alcohol tests by the family court handling her bitter custody dispute with ex-husband Federline.   Continued...

<p>Britney Spears performs at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas. Spears was removed from her home by Los Angeles police and rushed to a hospital early on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith</p>