Parents Say Britney Spears Is Mentally Incapable of Testifying in Court

By on May 14th, 2011 10:48 GMT

It’s been ages since Britney Spears has stopped acting erratically: the now reformed and sound pop star has put the years of head shaving, umbrella attacking behavior behind her. Still, her parents deem her mentally incapable of testifying in the court of law.

Spears’ ex-manager Sam Lutfi is pursuing legal action against Britney’s mother who, in her book “Through the Storm,” claimed he drugged and manipulated the singer until he literally ran her career and her personal life into the ground.

Lutfi is claiming Lynne Spears is spreading lies, arguing that Britney was already a mess when he came into the picture, Billboard reports.

Because there’s only one person who can shed light on what really went on back then, Lutfi wants Britney to testify in court – but her parents will not allow it.

“Spears’ ex-manager, Sam Lutfi, is pursuing legal claims against the singer’s mother, Lynne Spears, and wants Britney to give a deposition. Britney’s parents, though, are resisting, saying that Britney is mentally incapable of testifying,” Billboard informs.

“In a motion filed on Monday at Los Angeles Superior Court, Lutfi asked a judge to order a psychiatric evaluation of the singer to prove that’s not true,” the publication adds.

Lutfi even hired an independent expert to analyze Britney’s behavior in recent interviews, in which she promotes her latest album and upcoming tour.

The mere fact that she’s well enough to record and promote an album, not to mention hit the road to support it is solid proof that she could stand in court to testify and help set the record straight, Lutfi argues.

“In the Ryan Seacrest interview, which was recorded approximately two months ago, Britney Spears is interviewed at length, and she responds logically and coherently to questions, evidencing logical thinking and mental competency,” UCLA Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Joshua Pretsky says.

“In my opinion, there is good cause to conduct an Independent Medical Examination to investigate the Conservators’ claim that Ms. Spears is not mentally capable of testifying, and the claim that she was not mentally competent to enter into a binding contract,” Pretsky adds.

Billboard believes there may be an ulterior motive for not allowing Britney to testify in court, thus prove she’s mentally sound: if she’s fit enough to testify, then she’s fit enough to handle her own business, which means the conservatorship over her person and brand would not make sense anymore. 

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