Britney may have the world in her hands, but behind the scenes things may be very different. Brit’s ex-manager, Sam Lutfi, is suing Lynne Spears for defamation and libel and accused of allegedly drugging Britney and cutting her phone lines. He wants Britney to submit a deposition to prove his innocence, but Britney’s legal team says she can’t, claiming she’s mentally unfit to testify.
“Britney suffered many traumas in the public’s eye from the period of 2007 and early 2008. Although that was the lowest point in her life, Britney is now flourishing,” her spokesman Jeff Raymond said in an exclusive statement to ABCnews.com. “An interrogation into that time period would devastate anyone who had survived that experience, let alone this young woman who has so courageously and relentlessly worked to put her life back together.”
Lutfi isn’t buying this, saying Britney IS capable of participating in the legal matter. He cites several of her recent interviews and performances this year as a means to prove she is fit. “In the Ryan Seacrest interview, which was recorded approximately two months ago, Britney Spears is interviewed at length, and she responds logically and coherently to questions, evidencing logical thinking and mental competency,” Joshua Pretsky, an assistant professor of psychiatry at UCLA, said to the court, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Pretsky said there is good cause to conduct an independent medical examination to “investigate the Conservators’ claim that Ms. Spears is not mentally capable of testifying.”
Ian Drew, senior music editor at US Weekly, thinks Britney’s words should be ‘taken with a grain of salt.’ “The image you’re seeing that looks normal is constructed by team of people,” he told ABCNews.com. “There’s a smokescreen of people that parade her out. She has people around her to make sure she doesn’t rebound. This is someone who is very ill.”
So if the young lady is in fact “very ill,” is touring and promoting in the public eye, the very thing they say tormented her to begin with, a good idea?
“I think things through a little bit more, and I worry a lot,” Britney tells Harper’s in their latest issue. “I’m more straightforward, and I speak up more than I did before.”
“When I was younger, I wouldn’t speak up as much, but now that I’m a mom, things have changed.”