Pop icon Britney Spears has won a major legal victory in order to keep her former manager, Sam Lufti, away from her.
The news comes amid fears that he is behind a campaign of continuous harassment and even death threats against her family.
Yesterday, an LA judge granted Spears a temporary restraining order against Lutfi, meaning he is not allowed to contact the singer or her family.
Insiders from Page Six believe that Spears and her family are convinced Lufti is behind the recent #FreeBritney fan uproar. Her followers dislike the conservatorship which her father, Jamie, has over the singer.
“If you connect the dots, it all leads to Sam being all over this,” a source told the publication. “People have been sending death threats, and they suspect it’s the same folks behind #FreeBritney.”
Lutfi has allegedly been harassing those in Britney's inner circle since she checked out of a mental health facility two weeks ago. Apparently, he contacted Spears' mother Lynne to challenge the conservatorship by offering money.
The documents also claim that Lutfi posted “disparaging and threatening comments” on social media, and requested that the public 'raise hell' to free the star. Spears went into the facility following the news of her father's illness.
An insider added, “Sam is trying to insinuate himself into Britney’s life again. Her family worries he could have a dangerous impact on her mental health.” Court filings suggest that he has been threatening to release private documents of Britneys from her past.
The family are convinced that the former manager drugged her back in 2007, around the time of her head-shaving meltdown.
In a 2008 book, Spears’ mom wrote, Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World, that Lutfi had been giving the singer Adderall in her food, which he strongly denied.
Lutfi's lawyer replied to the restraining order, saying; “We are disappointed in the results. We feel this is overly broad and violates Mr. Lutfi’s constitutional rights. We look forward to arguing the matter more fully at the hearing for a more permanent restraining order on May 28.”
Britney told her fans that she was taking some 'me-time' following Jamie's life-threatening illness, cancelling her Las Vegas show.
She checked into a mental health facility for a 30-day treatment in April, despite claims by fans that she was being held against her will. Protests ensued in Hollywood which demanded her release.
Britney took to Instagram and assured her followers that she was okay; "My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately so I just needed time to deal with it. Don’t worry, I’ll be back very soon."
Feature image: Instagram/@britneyspears