Britney Spears, whose personal life has been in turmoil as of late, was granted a restraining order against her former manager Sam Lutfi on Wednesday (May 08, 2019).
Spears claims Lutfi has been sending her and her family harassing text messages and posting threatening comments on social media, including calling for Spear’s fans to “raise hell” to “free” her from her treatment center.
TMZ reports, the documents further allege that Lutfi has threatened to publicize “trunks” of “actual and fabricated” private information about Spears, offered Lynne $1,000 to “disrupt and take over” her daughter’s conservatorship, and that this has all had a negative impact on Spears’ well-being.[irp posts=10835]
Lutfi’s Twitter account is filled with messages related to the #FreeBritney movement, which claims that Spears is being imprisoned or held against her will.
The hashtag began to trend following Spears’ announcement that she was postponing her Domination Las Vegas residency and her album release to help her father recover from a life-threatening ruptured colon.
The filing claims that Lutfi has used his social media to coordinate “harassment indirectly on his behalf” by spreading misinformation about Spears and her team, “as well as offering bribes and threatening the release of private information.”
“We are disappointed at the outcome,” Lutfi’s attorney Marc Gans said in a statement about the restraining order. “I think it is overly broad and violates Mr. Lutfi’s constitutional rights.”
The order was granted until a May 28 court hearing on the matter.
“This is a temporary order, and we look forward to coming back,” Gains said.
The Spears family has a long legal history with Lutfi, whom they claimed in the suit was “falsely claiming to have been her manager” when he was in contact with Spears.
Lutfi was associated with Spears before her public meltdown and filed a lawsuit in 2009 against Spears’ mother for allegedly defaming him in her 2008 book, Through The Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.