Sam Lutfi Served with Restraining Order – UpdatedFebruary 21, 2008
Britney Spears’s pal Sam Lutfi was served Thursday with a temporary restraining order to keep him away from the troubled pop star and her family, according to court papers.
The order was sought by the temporary co-conservators of Spears’s $100 million estate – her father Jamie and an attorney, who allege that Lutfi had avoided service for three weeks.
The restraining order, which forbids Lutfi from getting within 250 yards of Spears, her homes and her family’s homes, alleges: “Mr. Lutfi has drugged Britney. He has cut Britney’s home phone line and removed her cell phone chargers. He claims to control everything.”
He was served at 11 a.m. as he left his apartment in Westside Los Angeles, say the papers filed by Jamie Spears.
At the time the restraining order was sought, Spears’s family had been locked in a power struggle with Lufti, who had been her constant companion as her behavior became increasingly bizarre.
Most recently, Lutfi’s name arose in court papers filed by Spears’s father in a fight against an attorney claiming to represent Spears and trying to move her estate case to federal court on the grounds her civil rights are being violated. Jamie Spears said he didn’t know how the attorney, Jon Eardley, got involved, but noted that Eardley has the same publicist as Lutfi.
UPDATE 1: TMZ has learned Brit’s BFF, Sam Lutfi, has finally been served with a restraining order from her parents — sorta.
As we reported earlier, the restraining order had to be served by yesterday at 1:30 PM to be valid. We’re told that since it wasn’t served until today, it may not be valid! That means they may have to serve him again with updated paperwork.
We hear Sam was finally found at his house in West L.A., today at around 11:00 AM PT as he walked out the door.
You may view the court documents HERE.
UPDATE 2: A federal judge late Thursday extended until March 17 a temporary restraining order preventing Britney Spears’s pal Sam Lutfi from approaching the troubled pop star and her family, according to court papers
The two-page order by U.S. District Judge Phillip Gutierrez was in response to a request by Spears’s father Jamie Spears, who is co-conservator of her $100 million estate.
Jamie had asked the judge to extend the temporary restraining order – served on Thursday and set to expire a day later on Friday – until the judge rules on an unusual civil rights challenge to the conservatorship.
The temporary restraining order could be extended at a March 17 hearing. But Jamie Spears would have to be able to successfully serve Lutfi with notice of the hearing; in the past, Jamie has complained that Lutfi apparently attempted to dodge being served.
The temporary restraining order, which forbids Lutfi from getting within 250 yards of Spears, her homes and her family’s homes, alleges: “Mr. Lutfi has drugged Britney. He has cut Britney’s home phone line and removed her cell phone chargers. He claims to control everything.”