Britney’s mom, Lynne Spears, has filed a new motion in court in an effort to disclaim three allegations against her by Britney’s former manager Sam Lutfi, according to MSNBC.
Lutfi filed a suit against Britney and her parents in February accusing them of libel, defamation, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract.
Lynne Spears’ rebuttal, filed June 15, claims Lutfi’s lawsuit is void because he is “suing her for her words, which she claims are constitutionally protected.”
Lynne claims her statements about Lutfi “became public and were widely reported throughout the United States” after providing a statement in order to help obtain a restraining order against Lutfi.
Lynne Spears claims that those statements, which were in her book “Through The Storm,” and which are cited in Lutfi’s defamation claim, are covered under the First Amendment.
Lutfi claimed Lynne’s remarks, including calling Lutfi a “fake,” a “Svengali,” and “a predator,” are “mere statements of opinion,” have caused irreparable damage to his reputation.
“Lutfi has been subjected to unfathomable amounts of ridicule and public scorn. Lutfi claimed he is constantly bombarded by magazine headlines, television shows and internet gossip sites that have propagated Lynne’s lies and fabrications.”
In her latest statement, Lynne claims she only “repeated information that was already out in the public domain as a result of her restraining order related statements that were part of public court documents.”
Lynne continued to say the damage that was done to Lutfi’s rep was minimal because her book was “relatively unsuccessful.”
Lynne claims her book “constitutes a ‘public forum’ within a California anti-SLAPP statue,” which was enacted to “protect defendants against inappropriate lawsuits that stifle the right to free speech.”
Lutfi has not yet filed a response to Lynne’s new filing.