Britney Spears' hairdresser takes witness stand
Britney Spears’ personal hairdresser probably has a lot of tales to tell, but she covered just one area in Superior Court this morning: Alleged attempts by the pop star’s much-maligned former confidant to reinsert himself in her life.
Stylist Roberta Romero told a judge deciding whether to extend a temporary restraining order against Osama “Sam” Lutfi that he repeatedly called and text-messaged her in an attempt to get messages to Spears. The 27-year-old performer was placed under a court-ordered conservatorship more than a year ago, with her father overseeing her personal affairs and sharing control of her career and finances with an attorney.
In the text messages described by the hairdresser and another witness, a former bodyguard for Spears, Lutfi criticized Spears' parents and the conservatorship.
“I’ve done everything I can to free her from this. Very close to getting her free now,” he wrote in a message last December.
The testimony before Judge Aviva Bobb bolstered claims by attorneys for Spears’ father, Jamie, that Lutfi is part of a conspiracy with two other men, a former boyfriend and a lawyer, to terminate the conservatorship. Jamie and Spears’ mother, Lynne, have said Lutfi holds a Svengali-like sway over their daughter and has used drugs and mind games to control her. The proceeding is to continue April 1 with more witness testimony.
-- Harriet Ryan
Photo: Britney Spears poses with her awards backstage at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press