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Remember that videoblogger who got famous for crying "Leave Britney alone!" on YouTube? We laughed at him then, but now we're struck by the urge to do the same thing. On Wednesday, we learned that Britney Spears' former bodyguard, Fernando Flores, is filing a lawsuit that accuses the pop star of indecent exposure and child abuse. The charges are serious, but the lawsuit is strange -- because the Department of Children Services in Los Angeles has already investigated Flores' claims and determined that they have no merit. So why the legal action?
Flores' claims are pretty lurid. In the lawsuit, he says that Spears "intentionally dropped her cigarette lighter on the floor, bent over to retrieve it and thereby exposed her uncovered genitals," an action which he claims caused him "shock and disgust." He also says that she stripped repeatedly and performed sexual acts in front of him.
And then there are the parts that don't sound like Penthouse letters. These allegations are much more disturbing, since they involve Spears' kids, Sean Preston, 4, and Jayden James, 3: Flores says Spears whipped her younger son with a belt, and ignored her childrens' vomiting after she gave them crabmeat when she knew they were allergic to seafood.
But again, the L.A. Department of Children and Family Services has investigated Flores' story and decided it was untrue. Turns out that Flores wasn't even around that much: he was a part-time employee of a security company, not an actual bodyguard. He was fired from that position, and waited over a month to make criminal allegations against Spears. Unless there's a smoking gun that nobody's seeing, all evidence points to this case being bogus -- just an attempt to drag Spears through the mud.
The pop star has spoken out about the allegations. "This lawsuit is another unfortunate situation where someone is trying to take advantage of the Spears family and make a name for himself," says a statement on her official Web site. And ex-husband Kevin Federline is also defending his former spouse. "He is satisfied that the allegations are a product of economic motives," Federline's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, tells the Associated Press. "They are as baseless as they seem."
It's an especially despicable move because it comes at a time when Spears is really getting her life back on track. Reports of bad behavior from the star have been almost nonexistent in the past two years. Her last record and tour were enormous successes, and she's back to successfully endorsing products (like her much-publicized Candie's clothing line). She has a functional adult relationship, probably her first ever, with former agent Jason Trawick. Her seventh album is scheduled to be released next year. She's no longer the head-shaving trainwreck who had us horrified and riveted in the tabloids.
Maybe Flores is hoping to attack Spears' vulnerabilities, making it look like she's still a basket case so she'll give him lots of money to drop the suit. But we think he's underestimating Spears. Once a vulnerable little girl, she's come back into showbiz a strong woman -- and she doesn't deserve to take this kind of mud-slinging. Leave Britney alone!
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