Britney's ex-manager accuses singer of crystal meth use
A lawyer representing Britney Spears' ex-manager in a civil suit against the singer and her parents has claimed that that the pop star was abusing amphetamines and crystal meth during her public meltdown period in 2007, the New York Post reports.
Osama "Sam" Lufti is suing Spears, her parents and her conservators for millions for defamation, breach of contract, battery and millions in unpaid management fees. Lufti claims Spears' mother lied in her memoir when she said he drugged the "Toxic" singer.
In his opening statements at the civil trial in a Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday (October 18), lawyer Joseph Schleimer argued that Lufti had tried to help Spears through the tough period in her life but was ultimately made a scapegoat for her problems.
"My client was made a scapegoat for drug abuse and erratic behaviour of Britney Spears," he said. "He was terrified of being her manager when she overdosed."
He also alleged that that police dogs found crystal meth in her home and that the reason she famously shaved her head was to in order get rid of traces of drugs in her hair.
Attorneys for the defense will make their opening statements on Friday afternoon (October 19). Spears remains under a conservatorship and has been ordered by a judge not to appear at the trial to give a deposition.
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