Britney Spears' Mom Made Ex-Manager 'Scapegoat,' Jury Told

Law360, Los Angeles (October 18, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT) -- Britney Spears' mother told lies about her former manager Sam Lutfi in a tell-all book to make him the "scapegoat" for the pop star's "bizarre" behavior and drug abuse, Lutfi's attorney told a jury Thursday during opening statements in his contract and defamation suit.

Joseph Schleimer said statements about Lutfi in “Through the Storm” were part of a cover story that Britney Spears' parents concocted in the wake of her hospitalization for mental health problems. Lynne Spears defamed Lutfi by writing that in order to control...
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