Published 7:49 a.m. ET June 14, 2019
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A judge on Thursday issued a five-year restriction order that would prevent a former manager of Britney Spears contacting the singer or her family or making dissatisfied statements about them online.
Brenda Penny, Supreme Court Judge of Los Angeles, took the decision after hearing evidence from former manager Sam Lutfi, 44 years of age, and Spears' father, James Spears, who has money and businesses. he has controlled a daughter with guardianship ordered by the court for 11 years.
Penny rejected arguments from Lutfi's solicitor, Marc Gans, that the order for his client's free speech was unconstitutional, calling Lufi's evidence of evasion and extending the temporary restriction order she had originally issued. on 8 May.
Gans said outside the court that they are considering an appeal. James Spears refused to comment.
James Spears acknowledged about Canada's questioning that he has the most peaceful relationship with Britney Spears.
"I was always stressed and my daughter's relationship," said James Spears.
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But in a further light that Penny said that she had found it firm and credible, James Spears pointed out that Lutfi was a "predator" of his family, who was close to Britney Spears in 2007 and 2008 and who was manager for more ten years the harassment has been repeated recently.
"I was worried that he wanted to take the curator down," Spears said from the stand. "I was angry. I was worried that we were back in 2008."
Spears and his lawyers suggested, and it seems that Penny agrees, that Lutfi has tried fans with a hashtag of social media to encourage #Free Britney to control the criticism of James Spears and the court that was over the pop star for the past 11 years.
Lutfi's Twitter account, which is subject to much of the evidence, consists of jobs that are critical in the circumstances of Spears and those around it.
But Gans argued that none of the statements were made directly to individuals or that they could be considered harassment.
He also pointed out that Lutfi had not made any direct contact with Britney Spears herself, and suggested that her father and lawyers were not speaking to her and that she had not provided any evidence that Lutfi's comments had damaged her in any way.
Britney Spears was not present in court, and made little comment on curatorial.
As evidence that Penny had reached the record, Lutfi said that Britney Spears had reached him at various times through the years to complain about her father's control over her.
"She wanted to get help out of this story," Lutfi said.
The judge closed most of Gans' questions towards James Spears. The questions asked him to discuss the mental state of his daughter and to try to confirm that online statements made by Lutfi about the alcohol use of James Spears were disappointing and enriched through the real curatorial and constitutional defense.
Lutfi admitted that he had contacted Britney Spears' mother, Lynne Spears, and the brother-in-law of James Watson through texts and phone calls, and sent Lynne Spears money back.
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Lutfi pointed out that he had sent the money "just like other fans" because Lynne Spears suggested that she "needed" money and that she should be in charge of her daughter's affairs. besides her husband James Spears.
"I had a great relationship with Lynne Spears," Lutfi told his time with Britney Spears.
Lutfi and Gans said that Lynne Spears and Watson had not said to stop communicating with them or told him he was harassing them.
Gans also argued that there were tweets from his client, including one who said “hell's hurdle,” which was far too vague to consider as harassing a Spears family.
Penny disagreed, citing the tweet in her decision as an illegal stimulus.
The proceedings were resumed on a hearing which commenced on 28 May and was closed to the media and the rest of the public. But Penny, who also oversees the guardianship of Spears, also kept the courtroom open on Thursday.
The Spears Lutfi family often fought in court, starting with a restriction order they found against him in 2009.
"He was repeatedly asked to stay away from this family," said Chad Hummel, solicitor for guardianship, and closing arguments. "He can not help himself."
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