Judge Dismisses Sam Lutfi's Civil Suit Against Britney Spears' Family
Britney Spears' legal hell is over -- at least for now.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bruguera dismissed Sam Lutfi's civil suit against the X Factor judge's parents on Thursday, Nov. 1, citing insufficient evidence, Reuters reports.
"I thought long and hard. It's the right thing to do, so I am going to do it," Bruguera proclaimed, putting an end to the bitter court battle between Britney's onetime manager and her parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears.
Lutfi was suing the Spears family for the wages he felt he was owed, having served as Britney's manager prior to the pop star's now-infamous 2008 meltdown (Jamie and Lynne claim Lutfi was never officially on Britney's payroll, and thus, is not entitled to any wages). Lutfi also accused Lynne of defaming him in her 2008 memoir Through the Storm, in which she wrote that Britney's former friend kept her drugged and away from her loved ones.
Throughout the course of the trial, Lutfi accused the Spears family -- under oath, on the stand -- of actions just as shocking as Lynne's allegations against him.
He claimed Jamie once threatened to kill him and punched him in the stomach during an altercation, and that Britney decided to shave her head in order to avoid having her hair be tested for drug use during her custody dispute with ex Kevin Federline.
Following Bruguera's announcement, Lutfi, 38, said he plans to appeal the judge's dismissal.