Judge rules in favor of Spears' father
EmptyBritney Spears' father will remain temporarily in control of the pop star's personal and financial affairs while she is evaluated in a hospital psychiatric ward, a court commissioner ruled Monday.
The decision came after lawyer Adam Streisand unsuccessfully sought to enter the case as Spears' attorney, saying she told him by phone that her father, James Spears, should be removed from the case.
"She has expressed to me very strongly that her father not be the conservator," Streisand said. "There has been an estrangement for quite some time. With him as conservator, that is causing her more agitation and more distress."
Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz rejected Streisand's request to represent the singer and extended her order granting James Spears temporary conservatorship until Feb. 14. He was given control on Friday.
She also appointed a physician to evaluate her competence to make decisions.
In addition, Goetz went a step further in distancing Britney Spears from her friend and sometime manager, Sam Lutfi.
The singer was ordered to have no contact with Lutfi, specifying she can't reach him by phone, text message or any other means. Goetz also extended a restraining order against Lutfi.
Court spokesman Allan Parachini said the restraining order has not yet been served on Lutfi, but he declined to elaborate.
In a text message to The Associated Press, Lutfi said: "I have no problems with anyone writing anything negative against me. My image is not of concern, hers is."
Lutfi did not immediately respond to further questions left in text and phone messages.