Spears' Restraining Order Against Lutfi Extended By Two Days
BRITNEY SPEARS' restraining order against former manager SAM LUTFI and ex-boyfriend ADNAN GHALIB has been extended until Wednesday (25Feb09) by a Los Angeles judge.
A temporary ban obtained by the Toxic hitmaker last month (Jan09) was due to be reviewed on Monday (23Feb09) - but Judge Aviva K. Bobb was forced to delay the hearing until later this week in order to hear more arguments in the case.
Bobb blamed a technicality and a busy court calendar for the postponement.
Spears' father Jamie, the co-conservator of her estate since January 2008, is seeking to make the restraining order permanent after alleging Lutfi, his lawyer Jon Eardley and Ghalib were conspiring to sabotage the conservatorship.
Lutfi fired back at the allegations in court papers filed on Friday (20Feb09), in which he confessed to having indirect contact with the singer, but dismissed any suggestion his messages to Spears had been of a threatening nature.
And he claims it was Spears who initiated the contact, despite the restraining order - not the other way around.
In his court filing, Lutfi says, "I have not, in any alleged communications with Britney... threatened any act of violence against Britney or her family."
His lawyer Bryan Freedman insists they are working to have the restraining order overturned altogether.
He tells People.com, "A restraining order is to protect someone against stalkers and people who want to commit violence, and that description doesn't fit my client."
Lutfi has since sued the Spears family for defamation.