As her hand-picked group of dancers and choreographers gathered in a Los Angeles studio Wednesday to begin rehearsals for Britney Spears’ latest video shoot, the troupe was hit with some unpleasant news — the beleaguered pop star has shelved the production.
The reason given for the abrupt change in plans? Brit’s reportedly failed drug test — which rumors on the internet have chalked up to everything from asthma medication to amphetamines — and her scheduled date in court this Friday, when the video — for her single “Piece of Me” — had been scheduled to be filmed.
Almost as if they had seen into the future, the video’s production team had been preparing for Brit’s absence from rehearsals, seeking out a body double to stand in for the troubled singer during rehearsals — and possibly during portions of the actual shoot itself. However, it appears that even these precautions weren’t enough to keep the video moving forward.
But a source inside Britney’s camp is telling OK! a different story about the cancellation. “The video’s producer was involved in an accident and is not able to film on Friday,” explains a friend of the singer. “They rescheduled it for next week. It’s strictly the production company’s fault and they are paying to compensate for lost time.”