February 4, 2009 / 1:02 AM / in 9 years

Britney Spears sued by former "manager"

<p>Singer Britney Spears performs with Madonna during Madonna's "Sticky and Sweet" tour at Dodgers stadium in Los Angeles November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The former self-styled manager of Britney Spears sued the pop star and her parents on Tuesday, accusing them of slander and failing to pay his fees.

Sam Lutfi, Spears’ constant companion in late 2007 at the height of her personal and professional meltdown, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court after a renewed flurry of legal moves against him.

His lawsuit names Britney Spears, her father and mother Jamie and Lynne Spears, and alleges libel, defamation, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract.

Lufti claimed Jamie Spears punched him in the chest in January 2008 and says Lynne Spears damaged his reputation in her 2008 memoir “Through The Storm,” in which she claimed Lutfi had over-medicated her daughter.

He is seeking unspecified damages.

<p>Britney Spears accepts the award for Best Pop Video for "Piece of Me" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles September 7, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>

The lawsuit was filed four days after Jamie Spears obtained a restraining order against Lutfi and Spears’ former boyfriend, photographer Adnan Ghalib, ordering them to stay away from the singer and her family.

Britney Spears’ spokeswoman was not available to comment.

The legal sparring followed months of relative peace on the Spears front after a year of bizarre behavior including Britney shaving her head and bouncing in and out of rehab.

Spears, 27, has since staged a comeback with a new album in December and a U.S. and British tour due to start in March.

Jamie Spears was granted temporary control of his daughter’s personal affairs in February 2008. He obtained a restraining order against Lutfi but later dropped it when Lutfi agreed to voluntarily keep his distance.

Last week lawyers argued that Lutfi and Ghalib had tried to disrupt the agreement and a new order was granted.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: editing by Jill Serjeant and Todd Eastham

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