Britney Spears' Ex-Manager Testifies in Court

By McCarton Ackerman 10/24/12

Sam Lutfi insists that he didn't enable Spears' "habitual, frequent and continuous" use of drugs.

Spears and former manager, Lutfi, in 2007
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Britney Spears' former manager Sam Lufti has denied in court that he ever gave the pop star Adderall or helped fuel her former amphetamine addiction. The allegation was made by Spears' parents Jamie and Lynn Spears, who claim that Lufti manipulated and took advantage of the singer during the peak of her meltdown in 2007, cutting her off from family and drugging her food. Lufti filed a lawsuit in response, claiming the accusations destroyed his career and that he was also never compensated the guaranteed 15% of the pop star's gross monthly earnings, roughly $120,000 a month, as The Fix reported, for being her manager. Lufti told the judge that he has a prescription for Adderall to treat his own ADD, but never gave Spears any of his meds; he claims that she simply abused her own prescription.

Lufti also testified that the singer was a "habitual, frequent and continuous" user of drugs and alcohol, and that he actually made various attempts to save her, including bringing drug-sniffing dogs to her home and flushing a bag of white powder down the toilet. His lawyer Joseph Schleimer alleged in his opening statement last Thursday that not only did Spears OD on amphetamines the night she was strapped to a stretcher and sent to a mental hospital in January 2008, but that her infamous head-shaving incident was an attempt to rid traces of drugs from her hair follicles. Lufti has also fired back at Lynne and Jamie's accusations that he lacked the entertainment industry experience or qualifications to manage Britney, claiming he was the associate producer for a Ben Affleck project and is currently Courtney Love's co-manager. Britney is still under a conservatorship and won't be allowed to appear as a witness at the trial.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.