Lynne Spears asked a judge to throw out defamation claims filed by Britney’s former manager, Osama “Sam” Lutfi, after Lutfi claimed Lynne destroyed his reputation in her memoir “Through the Storm, A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.”
Her appeal was denied.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Zaven V. Sinanian ruled Lutfi could move forward with his claims against Lynne Spears, who alleges Lynne characterized him as a “Svengali” and compares him to the anti-Semitic villain of the George du Maurier novel “Trilby.”
Court papers say “By referencing Mr. Lutfi’s ethnicity and skin color … then fabricating the claim that he was drugging Britney to keep her under his mental control … Mrs. Spears was paralleling the stereotyped Svengali character … who used hypnotism to control, exploit and sexually ravish … a young Scottish-English Singer.'”
Lynne claims it doesn’t matter how badly she spoke of Lutfi, saying his name is “libel-proof” because his likeness was so poor before her book that his reputation couldn’t be tarnished any further.
Lutfi’s lawyer, Joseph D. Schleimer, says the “libel-proof” defense is ridiculous.
“Historically that concept has been applied to plaintiffs who have been convicted of heinous crimes. Mr. Lutfi, by contrast has been convicted of nothing.”
Lynne’s representation says her words are free speech.
Sinanian found Lutfi had established a “prima facie claim for defamation, assuming the statements were made falsely.”
The next hearing is scheduled for later this year.