Britney Spears' dad still in charge

Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:02pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge on Thursday extended the conservatorship over pop star Britney Spears' personal affairs for five months, leaving control of the singer's business and legal matters to her father and a lawyer.

Separately, her father, Jamie Spears, agreed to drop a restraining order against her self-styled former manager, Sam Lutfi. He was Spears' near-constant companion through most of 2007 as her personal life seemed to spin out of control.

The ruling on the conservatorship followed a closed-door meeting between Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz, who is presiding over the matter, and attorneys for Spears and others involved in the case.

"It is my understanding that Ms. Spears is reluctantly agreeing that we extend the temporary letters (of conservatorship)," Goetz said in issuing her ruling.

No other details emerged about the conservatorship, Spears' health or business matters.

Spears, 26, rose to fame as a teenage singing sensation. But in late 2006 and throughout 2007, her personal life seemed to slip into a downward spiral of bizarre public behavior.

The blonde-haired native of Kentwood, Louisiana, began wearing pink wigs and started talking in a British accent, among other things.

In January she was taken to Los Angeles-area hospitals twice and held for psychiatric evaluations. In February Jamie Spears and Los Angeles attorney Andrew Wallet were made co-conservators of her estate.   Continued...

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