Top label exec testifies in Spears civil suit
One of the world's top record label execs has dismissed the man claiming to be the ex-manager of Britney Spears as a "gofer."
Reuters reports that former Jive Records CEO Barry Weiss told a civil hearing in Los Angeles on Monday (October 22) that Sam Lufti, who was a friend of the 30-year-old pop star during her turbulent breakdown period in 2007, never identified himself as her manager in any of his dealings with Jive.
"I had never heard of this guy before," Weiss told the court. "He was a gofer... someone who has menial tasks, like a personal assistant."
Weiss took the stand in the first day of testimony in a civil suit filed by Lufti against Spears and her parents. Lufti alleges he is the star's ex-manager and is owed millions for work on her 2007 album Blackout. He's also suing her parents for battery and defamation.
Lufti is expected to take the stand today (October 23).
Since it began last week, the trial has focused on the infamous period in which the "Toxic" singer went through a public emotional and mental breakdown that resulted in her being hospitalized twice on psychiatric hold. She also lost custody of her children to her ex-husband Kevin Federline and was placed under a conservatorship overseen by her father.
Spears is not expected to attend the trial.
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