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Britney Spears’ ex-manager wants her to testify in defamation hearing

ANI  London, September 03, 2012
First Published: 16:10 IST(3/9/2012) | Last Updated: 16:15 IST(3/9/2012)

Britney Spears’ former manager Sam Lutfi, who sued the pop star in 2009 claiming breach of contract and defamation, is now trying to force her to testify at the upcoming hearing on the basis of her turn on the TV talent show ‘X Factor USA.’

According to TMZ.com Lutfi, who filed suit against the 30-year-old singer and her parents, James and Lynne Spears, is preparing to go to trail this autumn.

And since the ‘Toxic’ hitmaker is raking in 15 million dollars to star alongside Simon Cowell on the Fox show, the talent manager claims she is competent enough to testify in court, the Daily Mail reported.

Lutfi had filed papers at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, asking a judge to request Spears’ conservators to make her available as a witness, the website reports.

He reportedly wants to want to see Spears grilled about alleged defamatory statements that her parents made about him, including claims that he drugged her and cut her phone wires to keep her away from her family.

And also want Spears questioned about an alleged management contract guaranteeing him a slice of her fortune.

According to the filing, Spears’ conservators argued that she is not mentally competent enough to testify as a witness.

Lutfi is said to have included a DVD of Spears on the show in order to prove that’s not the case, arguing the footage shows Spears is both articulate and competent, and should thus be capable to give her testimony.

A hearing is scheduled for September 25, and a judge has yet to rule on Lutfi’s request.

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