Spears deposed 14 minutes in child custody case


Troubled pop princess Britney Spears on Thursday finally appeared for a deposition in her child-custody battle with Kevin Federline, her ex-husband's lawyer said.

Spears was deposed for just 14 minutes, attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan told reporters after Spears left.

Paparazzi sprinted after the singer as she drove away from the Century City office tower in a white Mercedes-Benz, wearing a hot pink dress and sunglasses. Security guards dashed across the driveway to keep photographers on the sidewalk.

Spears called in sick for a Dec. 12 court-ordered deposition, but was photographed that day driving with a friend. She also didn't show up for a session Wednesday, Kaplan said.

Spears' attorneys from the firm Trope and Trope on Wednesday filed a court motion asking to be relieved due to a "breakdown" in communication with their client.

Kaplan said Spears' attorneys were present for what became a very abbreviated session.

"The deposition proceeding did go forward today. It was scheduled for 9:45 to 11:45," Kaplan said. "However, it wasn't able to commence until 11:32."

"You can imagine in 14 minutes there's not a lot of time to develop questions," he said.

Kaplan said another deposition will be scheduled.

Spears' representatives did not speak to reporters outside the office building.

Spears and Federline have been wrangling over custody of little sons Sean Preston and Jayden James.

Federline has temporary custody of the children because Spears, who has limited visitation rights, has defied court orders. The two were married in October 2004 and divorced in July.