A decision in the prolonged custody battle between Britney Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline will not be reached until Monday or Tuesday, a judge said Friday (October 26), after testimony was given by both parties at an afternoon hearing.
“The court will issue a written ruling either Monday or Tuesday,” Federline’s attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said outside the courthouse after the hearing, according to UsMagazine.com. “The court heard many exparte motions and a continued order to modify custody. I do believe the order that the court will issue on Monday will be modified by the various expartes. I am not going to speculate what that order may be.”
The expected decision will mark the end of a frenzied month for the embattled pop star, who was ordered to give up full custody of her sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, at the beginning of October. Subsequent custodial liberties, which included Spears’ right to visit the children under the supervision of a court-appointed monitor, were contingent on Spears’ undergoing both random drug testing and parental counseling.
Front and center in Friday’s court battle was a pending deposition by Spears, which was argued over in the morning session. Spears got a win when Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon ruled that her deposition will not be videotaped. Her lawyer, Thomas Dunlap, said if the deposition were videotaped, a potential leak could cause Spears “undue embarrassment,” according to People, and Gordon agreed.
Kaplan — who had argued for the videotaping — said he had asked Spears’ counsel four times over the course of nearly a year to schedule the deposition, which he is hoping to use as evidence to convince the court why Federline should get primary custody of the couple’s children. Gordon told attorneys on both sides to work out a date between themselves for the deposition, which could last days.
With her fitness as a parent the central issue of the hearings, a visibly distraught Spears took three bathroom breaks during the proceedings, TMZ.com reports. At one point she is alleged to have yelled at an UsMagazine.com reporter, screaming, “Eat it! Lick it! Snort it! F— it!”
The children will remain with Federline over the weekend, although the “court did allow [Spears] to spend some time with the kids,” Kaplan reportedly said, according to UsMagazine.com.
[This story was originally published at 8:17 p.m. ET on 10.26.2007]