Sam Lutfi to Britney Spears: “Sue You!”
Britney Spears’ former manager Sam Lutfi feels like he’s been done wrong by his former client and her family, and he’s suing-mad about it.
People magazine reports that 34-year-old Lutfi filed a lawsuit against Britney and her parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, for defamation and breach of contract in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Court papers filed by Lutfi—who claims that he’s suffered libel, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress at the hands of the Spears clan—say that “Jamie and Lynne launched a campaign of lies and intimidation designed to destroy Lutfi and drive him out of Britney’s life…This campaign also provided Jamie with the opportunity he needed to obtain an appointment as Britney’s conservator.”
Lutfi takes particular issue with Lynne Spears’ autobiography Through the Storm, published last year. Lutfi’s suit claims that the book damaged his reputation with allegations about Lutfi’s control over Britney. “Since the publication of the book, Lutfi has been subjected to unfathomable amounts of ridicule and scorn” and has “received numerous death threats from overzealous fans,” the suit claims.
As for the breach of contract claims, Lutfi alleges that he had an oral contract with Britney which granted him 15 percent of her earnings for his managerial work. Lufti cites an alleged text message he received from Britney on October 13, 2007, stating, “sam, so thats fine, i want you to be my manager, you were right its 15 percent of my money but for 4 years not 5.” Lutfi says that he hasn’t received any payment at all for his managing stint.
The lawsuit is just the latest volley in the legal war between the Lutfi and Spears camps; Jamie Spears filed a new restraining order against Lufti last Friday, accusing him of harassing the Spears family.