Britney Spears’ mother is rushing to her daughter’s defense after the pop star was blasted for not attending her own charity event.

Spears has been spotted cavorting out and about with her fiancé — back-up dancer and father of two illegitimate children Kevin Federline — but has been largely AWOL from many fan events. Most recently, some fans were outraged when she didn’t attend her own charity, “Camp for the Performing Arts” for underprivileged 11-to-15-year olds.

Britney’s mom took to the star’s Web site to defend her little girl and blamed Brit’s injured knee. “Britney was devastated that she wasn’t able to make it to the Camp this year,” Lynne Spears wrote in her “Lynne’s Corner” feature. “She found out from her doctor on a follow-up visit that her knee had become too swollen for her to fly anywhere.” A two-way satellite feed was set up so that Spears could watch the campers and they could see her — but that only lasted 15 minutes. Lynne blames technical problems, and assured fans that that Britney has asked for a tape so she can watch it.

Spears also didn’t attend the dedication of the Britney Spears Foundation Room at the Onyx Hotel in Boston earlier this summer, but her mother had lunch with the two lucky 14-year-old contest winners. But, gripes one fan, “Britney used to really be there for us all the time, but now her mom comes instead.”

By Jeannette Walls MSNBC, extracted from affiliate

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