[artist id="501686"]Britney Spears[/artist] has obtained restraining orders against ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib and former friend/manager Osama “Sam” Lutfi, according to The Associated Press. Quoting a source close to Spears, the AP reports that the duo had been trying to gain control of the singer’s affairs.
It was barely a year ago that Lutfi was still Spears’ manager, until a restraining order alleged that he had drugged Britney in an attempt to control her. “[He] essentially moved into Britney’s home and has purported to take control of her life, home and finances,” Britney’s father, Jamie — who still retains temporary conservator powers over the singer’s person and estate — wrote in the complaint at the time. “Mr. Lutfi has drugged Britney. … He has cut Britney’s home phone line and removed her cell phone chargers. He yells at her. He claims to control everything — Britney’s business manager, her attorneys and the security guards at the gate.”
Meanwhile, Britney rocked the tabloid world when she began dating Ghalib , a paparazzo, around the time of her hospitalization in January 2008. The relationship fell apart shortly after Ghalib began providing his photo agency with exclusive details and photos of their relationship.
The exact nature of the new restraining orders was not immediately clear, as a court official told the AP that the documents were behind locked doors in the judge’s chambers. Spears and her father had chosen not to renew a temporary restraining order against Lutfi when it expired this past July.
“Britney has made clear to everyone that she does not want to be further harassed or contacted in any way by Osama ‘Sam’ Lutfi,” Britney’s court-appointed attorney Samuel D. Ingham III said in a statement at the time. “Now or at any time in the future.”
It was a year ago this weekend that a court placed Britney under co-conservatorship of her father and attorney Andrew Wallete, giving them complete control of her assets, followed by Spears’ involuntary psychiatric hold at UCLA Medical Center. Soon after, a restraining order was secured against Lutfi, and in the eyes of some fans, those moves began a year of redemption that would return Britney to her former glory.