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Things have gotten nasty between Britney Spears and her ex-manager Sam Lutfi.
The former manager, who worked for the pop star from 2007 to 2008, is suing Spears for 15 percent of her earning during that time -- which she allegedly promised to him. He's also suing her mother, Lynne Spears, for libel in response to her comments about him in her 2008 book Through the Storm. And if that weren't enough, Lutfi is also suing Britney's father, Jamie Spears, for allegedly punching him in the chest in 2008.
The case went to court on Oct. 17, and Lutfi's attorney Joseph Schleimer claims his client actually did his best to help Spears during her time of need. The issue, he says, is that she had a serious drug problem during that time.
"My client was made a scapegoat for the drug abuse and erratic behavior of Britney Spears," Schleimer says in his opening statement. "She liked to use amphetamines -- speed or uppers. She liked to take that drug. And most of the things that went wrong were related to that drug."
When Lutfi agreed to be Spears' manager in July 2007, Schleimer says the deal was that he would get 15 percent of her earnings and make sure she stayed clean by bringing drug-detecting dogs to her house. The dogs allegedly turned up a bag of crystal meth, while there were other "hot spots" of residue on her carpet.
It was this addiction that Lutfi claims was the cause of Spears' problems during that time and was what led her to her repeated stints in rehab and ultimately to her conservatorship. Spears' parents, on the other hand, have accused Lutfi of encouraging paparazzi to follow their daughter, crushing up pills in her food and hiding her cell phone. This case was sparked after Lynne Spears called Lutfi a manipulator in her memoir Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.
Schleimer went on to say that his client did things that were in Spears' best interest, such as encouraging her to reconcile with her family and to go to Las Vegas to work on her dancing for her health.
Los Angeles Supreme Court Judge Suzanne Bruguera warned Schleimer and Lutfi that they better have evidence to back up their claims in court.
"Everything you say, you have to be able to back it up," she says, according to E! News. "You can't waste time on statements just thrown in the air. Everything has to have evidence…There is no explanation that dancing is the best thing for her health...I'm trying to make a point and I hope you get it. "
Hearing about the case is undoubtedly taking its toll on Britney -- but at least the X Factor judge will be saved from having to actually appear in court. Due to the restraints of her conservatorship, Spears will not have to testify.