09 February 2009
Libel claims made against Britney Spears
Singer Britney Spears is facing a lawsuit over alleged libel, it has emerged.
Her former manager, Sam Lufti, is taking legal action against the recording artist and her parents, Jaime and Lynne.
He accuses them of defamation, libel and battery.
The claims made in his lawsuit relate to a new book by Lynne entitled Through the Storm.
Mr Lufti says that, since the book was published, he has been "subjected to unfathomable amounts of ridicule and public scorn".
The claim was filed last week and centres on the argument that the Spears family "began a campaign of slander, libel and defamation aimed at discrediting, destroying and physically and emotionally intimidating Lutfi in order to drive him out of Britney's life".
He alleges that the book is filled with "false statements" about him.
After appearing as a child on television programmes such as the New Mickey Mouse Club, Spears shot to fame with the release of her single Baby One More Time in 1999.