Britney Spears' ex-boyfriend, photographer jailed

Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:08pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A celebrity photographer who briefly dated Britney Spears at the height of her career meltdown was sentenced to 45 days in jail on Friday after clashing with an official trying to serve him a restraining order.

Adnan Ghalib, 37, one of the paparazzi who trailed Spears night and day in 2007, was also ordered to complete an anger management program.

Los Angeles prosecutors alleged that in February Ghalib drove his car toward an official who was trying to serve a court order keeping him away from Spears and her family.

Ghalib pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, and charges of assault were dropped.

Spears, now 27, began a relationship with Ghalib in December 2007 when her private and public life were falling apart following her divorce, stints in rehab and a notorious head shaving incident.

Her behavior improved after the singer's father intervened and was given control of her business and personal affairs by the Los Angeles courts in January 2008.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Britney Spears' boyfriend Adnan Ghalib (R) stands outside an SUV carrying Spears before leaving the Los Angeles County courthouse shortly after she exited the vehicle and then reentered without going inside for a hearing regarding visitation rights for her two sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline in Los Angeles January 14, 2008. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>