Britney Spears Restraining Order Against Sam Lutfi Is Over
Posted on Thu Jul 31, 2008 01:52 PM PDT

Britney Spears BSPEARSGIFT110907.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - The temporary restraining order against Osama "Sam" Lutfi has officially ended, and it will not be extended. Attorney Jeffrey Wexler, who represents Spears' father Jamie, issued the following statement to reporters today: "Mr. Spears and Mr. Lutfi have reached a private agreement and no hearing or order is necessary at this time." Wexler added that Spears would like to take the temporary restraining order off the calendar.

Yesterday, Spears' court appointed lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham told the Associated Press, "Britney has made clear to everyone that she does not want to be further harassed or contacted in any way by Osama 'Sam' Lutfi, now or at anytime in the future." On February 1, 2008, Spears' parents Jamie and Lynne Spears filed a restraining order against Lutfi that required him to stay 250 yards away from Spears and her homes. In court documents, Lynne Spears claimed that her daughter's former friend and manager kept her hostage in her own home, drugged her and took over her finances. Lutfi was a mainstay in Spears' life during the time period in which she exhibited erratic behavior, such as speaking with an English accent, being photographed without underwear and appearing dazed in public.

The same day that Spears' parents filed the restraining order against Lutfi, Spears' father Jamie and attorney Andrew Wallet were appointed co-conservators of the singer's personal life and finances. In a hearing today, it was decided that Spears' conservatorship would be extended until December 31, 2008, and Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz told the press, "Ms. Spears reluctantly agrees to extend the conservatorship." According to Ingham, that power negates the need for a restraining order against Lutfi, as Spears' role as co-conservator allows him to decide who sees his daughter. Ingham added, "During the temporary conservatorship, the conservators have the power to insure that Lutfi will not harm Britney anymore."

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