Britney Spears defamation trial begins with serious drug allegations
Britney Spears has gotten her life together since her breakdown in 2007, but she hasn't been able to put that part of her life behind her entirely. The defamation trial started by her ex-manager Sam Lutfi began Thursday (Oct. 18), and Lutfi's attorney is already bringing up some pretty serious drug charges against the "X Factor" judge.
"My client was made a scapegoat for the drug abuse and erratic behavior of Britney Spears," Lutfi's lawyer, Joseph Schleimer, says in his opening statement. "She liked to use amphetamines -- speed or uppers. She liked to take that drug. And most of the things that went wrong were related to that drug."
Schleimer then goes on to detail the relationship between Lutfi and Spears, which began when he met her in a nightclub in 2007. He claims that his client found crystal meth at Spears' home and says that many of her psychiatric breakdowns were tied to her drug use.
Lutfi sued Spears' parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, in February 2009 for breach of contract, libel, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation following the release of Lynne's memoir "Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World." In response, Spears' conservatorship is looking to get $93,000 in attorney fees from Lutfi.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Suzanna Bruguera listened to Schleimer's opening statement, but told him that he needed to have evidence to back up his claims.
"Everything you say, you have to be able to back it up," she says, according to E! Online. "You can't waste time on statements just thrown in the air. Everything has to have evidence."
Schleimer claims he and his client have "testimony or documentary evidence." Meanwhile, Spears will not be testifying in trial because her conservatorship prevents her from doing so.