Sam Lutfi Claims He Was Suicidal Over Death Threats From Britney Spears' Fans
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.25.2012
The trial continues...
People reports that Sam Lutfi claims he was suicidal after death threats from the fans of Britney Spears.
While Spears suffered from a mental breakdown on January 28, 2008, Lutfi and her father Jamie fought. He claims Jamie "barged into the house, lunged at me with fists balled, and chased me around the kitchen island."
That night and the next morning are part of Lutfi's battery lawsuit against Jamie and his libel suit against Lynne Spears. He's looking for unspecified damages. He's suing Britney for hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged unpaid fees as her manager. He claims that Jamie was thrown out by Britney's security but came back again.
Lutfi added: "He was spitting, shouting and angry, saying I'd better leave Britney alone or he'd beat the hell out of me. He came in, started yelling at me, accusing me that I was abusing his wife [Lynne], cornered me in the kitchen, punched me in the [chest] and threatened to kill me."
Jamie's attorney Leon Gladstone said his client "touched" Lutfi to get his attention but did not hit him. He added that getting control of Britney from Lutfi was "a battle for life and death."
Lutfi began crying several times on the stand as he talked about Lynne's 2008 book that called him a "Svengali" and said he drugged the singer, resulted in a "huge spike in death threats, mainly from Britney's fans." He said the threats made him "depressed, anxious and suicidal."
During the cross examination, Gladstone brought up Lutfi's past and told jurors about the four restraining orders against him from 2004 to 2010, one of which involved the Spears family. The claims came from three different men including a former neighbor and a former roommate. They all accused Lutfi of harrassing them and their families, mostly through phone calls and text. One man claims that Lutfi hacked into his Facebook, Gmail and Twitter accounts and sent abusive messages to his family. Lutfi denied these claims.
Britney's attorney, Joel Boxer, then pointed out several problems with Lutfi's statements about becoming her manager. Both Jamie and Lynn are expected to testify in the next few days. The trial will last another two weeks.