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Spears’s Dad Feared Her Death

Five years ago, Britney Spears was getting too toxic for her own good, her father’s attorney told the courtroom in her trial against former manager San Lutfi. “Jamie [Spears] was living in constant fear that he was going to look at the TV one day and see Britney was dead,” he said, describing a period when the pop star was hospitalized and lost custody of her children. “He is scared to death, and he’s thinking to himself, ‘My daughter has lost everything. Here she is, in a psychiatric ward, out of her head.’” The attorney also said Spears suffered from depression for years after breaking up with Justin Timberlake. Spears’s family says Lutfi was trying to keep her away from them, while Lutfi says he found what was probably crystal meth in the singer’s house and was trying to stop her drug use.

October 19, 2012 10:59 PM