Brit's Mom: Spears Too Unstable To Testify in Suit Against Me

Ex-Manager sued parents for defamation

By Sara Dover
|  Monday, May 16, 2011  |  Updated 1:27 PM CDT
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Britney Spears may undergo a psychiatric exam after her parents said she wasn't sane enough to testify in a defamation case against them.

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Britney's Spears' ex-manager wants the pop princess to testify in a defamation case against her parents, but her mom says her daughter is too mentally incapable to do it.

The former manager, Sam Lufti, sued Momma Lynne Spears for blaming him for manipulating and alienating Britney in her new memoir, Through the Storm, and tarnishing his reputation. The ex-manager is apparently confidant Britney will support his case and wants Britney to testify on his side,  Billboard reported.

According to a request filed in Los Angeles last week, Luft wants a psychiatric evaluation of the singer to prove she's perfectly sane enough to do it.

Britney hasn't submitted to a test yet, but Lufti showed a March interview with Ryan Seacrest to his own expert UCLA Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Joshua Pretsky, to study her behavior.

"…she responds logically and coherently to questions, evidencing logical thinking and mental competency," Pretsky wrote in a declaration to court, obtained by Billboard. "The edited interviews in the [MTV] video documentary also evidence coherent and logical thinking, responsiveness to questions, and mental competence…"

Lufti, who was fired in 2008, claims that Britney's life was already a mess before he got involved in 2007.

The Spears parents beg to differ. In Through the Storm, Lynne Spears alleges Lufti was a master manipulator who controlled their daughter and drugged her. Britney's turbulent days made headlines when she divorced Kevin Federline, shaved her head and sought rehab in a train reck that began in 2004 and continued to damage her career in 2008.

With her new album, some music critics have applauded her comeback. Spears is currently under the conservatorship of her parents and works under a new manager, rumored boyfriend Jason Trawick, according to People

Although Britney hasn't commented about her mother's feud with her ex-manager or her mom calling her unstable, she doesn't seem to think she's crazy.

"I'm pretty normal," she told Harper's Bazaar in the upcoming June/July cover story to promote her summer tour. "The type of day I love is just like everybody else's. I'm like everybody else."
 

Selected Reading: PopEater, The Huffington Post, Billboard

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