Pop star Britney Spears suffered a fresh legal blow in her ongoing custody battle Thursday after a judge suspended her visitation rights to her two sons, court documents showed. Spears, who lost custody of her children earlier this month to ex-husband Kevin Federline, faces a hearing on October 26 following the judge's decision, a court order published by the TMZ.com celebrity news website.
"Petitioner's visitation with the minor children is suspended pending the petitioner's compliance with the court's orders," the order by Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner Scott Gordon read.
TMZ reported that Gordon had ruled against the 25-year-old pop star because she had failed to provide drug testers with information about her movements, making it impossible for them to carry out random drug tests.
Last week Gordon had granted a request from Spears lawyers for the star to be allowed one overnight stay per week with the children, Sean Preston, two, and Jayden James, one, provided a monitor was present.
It followed a decision on October 1 to strip Spears of custody after she failed to submit to random drug testing as demanded by Gordon at a hearing in September.
The divorce between Spears and Federline became final at the end of July, but their temporary shared custody arrangement for their sons unravelled amid allegations from Federline's camp that Spears was an unfit mother.
Spears filed for divorce last year from Federline, a former back-up dancer, and has rarely been out of the tabloid headlines since - especially following her downward spiral that landed her in a rehabilitation centre in February. Her stint in rehab followed a series of lurid tabloid headlines chronicling her erratic lifestyle.
She was repeatedly photographed in nightspots wearing no underwear, and was also captured bizarrely shaving her head in a hair salon and attacking a photographer's car with an umbrella. Spears shot to superstardom in late 1998, with her smash-hit debut album Baby One More Time which she followed with another chart-topping success the following year, Oops! ... I Did It Again.
According to Time magazine, Spears has sold over 76 million records worldwide and her 31 million albums sold in the United States make her the eighth best-selling female artist in US music.