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Spears' dad in charge of her welfare

Restraining order against Sam Lutfi
February 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
The father of Britney Spears was named her temporary conservator Friday, putting him in control of her welfare a day after she was whisked to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.Britney Spears and her estate Friday were placed under temporary conservatorship in the wake of her psychiatric hold at UCLA Medical Center.

Attorneys for Britney Spears' father, James Spears, was named conservator of the troubled pop star.

James Spears and a court appointed attorney, Andrew Wallete, were named conservators of her estate.

There was an effort to keep all court documents sealed.

The troubled pop star was transported twice in a month by ambulance to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

LAPD officers were on hand both times to keep the paparazzi at a distance.

The first intervention, requested by police, ended after a day and a half of mental evaluations. This week she was committed for fourteen days. James and Lynn Spears, who are divorced, believe that Britney needs their long term help.

They feel as if her companion Sam Lutfi is standing in the way.

L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz named James Spears the temporary conservator of his 26-year-old daughter. The commissioner also issued a temporary restraining order against Spears confidante Sam Lutfi, who has described himself as her manager and "very good friend."

The conservator has permission to change the locks on her estate and remove anyone who is there. The conservator can also restrict visitors to her hospital room, have access to her medical records and arrange for her security.

"They have the power to revoke any contracts related to sale of assets or anything," said Allen Parachini, L.A. Superior Court.

As a new legal front has opened the LAPD is now explaining why so many police resources were used in Tuesday's 2:00 a.m. escort. A motorcycle, two helicopters and patrol officers were all on hand. As a matter of policy police officials do not release dollar figures or deployment information.

According to the LA Times the cost to shield Spears Tuesday night from the paparazzi was $25,000. Police say that it was all necessary for public safety.

The ruling is in effect until Monday, when another hearing will be held.

 

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