Kevin Federline asked for another emergency hearing in his very public custody battle with Britney Spears on Friday (November 16) — and this time, the judge in the case agreed with the urgency. Commissioner Scott Gordon decided that the singer shouldn't be allowed to drive the couple's children, at least for the time being.
A source close to the case confirmed the ruling to Us Magazine, telling the magazine's Web site, "It was a long time coming."
However, the decision has to be verified by either the court or the attorneys on either side, as the judge's decision was supposed to be kept sealed.
"Everything that was discussed was sealed," Los Angeles Superior Court public information director Allan Parachini told reporters outside the courthouse. "I cannot discuss even what was discussed. That's a decision Commissioner Gordon has made."
A source close to the situation told MTV News that the decision to keep the matter sealed was made on the grounds that the children were discussed.
Gordon had originally decided that they would discuss a pending motion whether Spears would be permitted to drive the couple's children at the next scheduled hearing, on November 26, but Federline's attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan asked for the ex parte hearing because he argues that, despite this motion, she has continued to commit driving offenses.
Spears is already awaiting a hearing for the misdemeanor offense of driving without a valid license, but after the last custody hearing on November 8, she was photographed and videotaped running a red light and making an illegal left turn against oncoming traffic, with the children and the court monitor in the car. She's also repeatedly run over people's feet (three paparazzi photographers and one deputy police officer).
Whether or not the couple's attorneys reached a compromise on that matter or the window of time Spears would be allowed to respond to calls for her random drug tests, the court wouldn't say.
Parachini did say that these cases are a little more difficult when a celebrity litigant is involved, and that it causes a strain on the system. For Friday's hearing, for instance, the court had to ask reporters covering the Spears/Federline hearing to move away from the front of the courthouse, since jurors in another case would be exiting and the court wanted to protect their privacy.
When asked if he had bought Spears' new album, Blackout, Parachini quipped, "Freedom of expression is a wonderful thing."