Civil trial opens against Britney Spears’ parents

October 19, 2012 • Entertainment

FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, singer Britney Spears arrives at the Pre-GRAMMY Gala & Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis honoring Richard Branson in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jurors were selected in a case against the singer’s parents and conservators with opening statements expected to begin Thursday Oct. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ former confidante was made a scapegoat for her mental breakdown despite efforts to keep the singer from using drugs, his attorney told a jury Thursday in a case against the pop superstar’s parents and conservators.

Attorney Joseph Schleimer told the panel that Sam Lutfi was trying to help the singer but lost control in a series of events that led to her being hospitalized and placed under a court-ordered conservator. Lutfi is also seeking a share of the singer’s fortunes, claiming he had an agreement to serve as her manager in exchange for 15 percent of her earnings.

Schleimer conceded the case would be a complicated one. His opening statements included flashing photos of Spears with a shaved Login to read more

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