Britney Spears' former manager SAM LUTFI attempted to persuade the pop superstar to make him conservator of her estate early last year (08), after she was twice hospitalised for psychiatric evaluation. The Toxic hitmaker experienced a public meltdown at the start of 2008, following a bitter divorce and custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline, which saw the former back-up dancer take full control of their two sons' well-being.
Spears underwent mental evaluation in January (08) after refusing to relinquish custody of boys Sean Preston, three, and Jayden James, two, following a scheduled visit.
On 31 January (08), her father Jamie was put in charge of her assets, along with attorney Andrew Wallet - but it's now emerged Lutfi had tried to get Spears to fight against her dad and turn all legal responsibility over to him.
In court documents leaked online, Lutfi is alleged to have instructed his lawyer, Jon Eardley, to write to Spears informing her of his plan to get her out of hospital and win back custody of her kids.
The letter, which also alleges Jamie is using her for her money, reads: "I have developed a legal strategy for you that I am confident will turn everything around, and ultimately garner you full custody of your children within approximately 30 to 60 days.
"They will not be happy until they have denied you your freedom and milked you for your last dime. The custody case, as you know, is nothing more than a flat out extortion scheme, with your children being used as pawns. Your case will continue to spiral until they have denied you your freedom, your children and your assets...
"Please recognise that aside from some anxiety and depression, which are totally normal under these circumstances, there is nothing wrong with you, but that the court system routinely engages in character assassination to conceal its internal bias and to break you down.
"What they ultimately want is to get you into a conservatorship; at that point, your freedom will be denied, giving them the full opportunity to steal all of your money and to deny you any access to your children."
The revelations come days after a court hearing was scheduled to review Spears' temporary restraining order against Lutfi, Eardley and her ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib. The decision is due on 23 February (09).