THE bodyguard of tormented Britney Spears today reveals the damning drugs evidence that may cost her her children.
Tony Barretto filed shattering, secret testimony at the hearing over custody of her two boys on Monday.
Here for the FIRST TIME he details his evidence and lays bare the FULL terrifying depths of the star’s addiction and its effects on her children.
His shocking account persuaded a worried judge to order Britney to be tested for drugs TWICE A WEEK. And here Barretto dramatically tells how the tormented singer:
OVERDOSED in a drug-strewn hotel room on a binge with junkie lover Howie Day just days after checking out of rehab. “She was in a terrible state, just sweating and shaking. Her pupils were hugeâ€”we thought she was dying,” said Tony;
SHOCKINGLY, he believes Britney was under the influence of drugs and booze at home while her two sons Sean, two, and year-old Jayden James, were there;
SECRETLY snorted cocaine over TWO NIGHTS with pals in a trendy LA nightclub.
Man mountain 6ft 7in Barretto, 27â€”nicknamed Fat Tonyâ€”told us: “I gave evidence to the court because Britney is out of control and needs help.
“I have done this for her children. She’s not a good mother. She has mental problems. With her drug and booze issues, her home is no place for kids to be raised.”
His last-minute evidence capped a nightmare week for Britney in which she was dumped by her manager Jeff Kwatinetz and her lawyer.
She hired married dad-of-two Tonyâ€”a former private eyeâ€”days after checking out of the Promises rehab centre in Malibu on March 26 and publicly declaring she had beaten booze and drug problems.
Tony is a drugs expert after taking a ten-week police course about their dangers. He realised Britney’s willpower had not lastedâ€”on the frightening night of May 2 in Los Angeles, just hours before the start of her comeback tour in Anaheim.
She went on a date with musician Day, 26â€”who she’d met in rehabâ€”telling her worried protection team she didn’t need them. Tony said: “We did security checks on Howie and told her he was trouble. But she ignored us.”
Hours later hysterical Britney, 25, called aides, claiming Day was refusing to let her leave their hotel room. Tony recalled: “She said she wanted to cancel the tour. She was very confused. We asked her if she was OK and reminded her she had a show to do. Then Howie came on the phone and started arguing with us. We knew we had to get to her fast.”
Tony raced to LA’s plush Mondrian Hotel with another bodyguard and Britney’s best friend and PA Alli Sims. When they got to their room they found the door open and an appalling scene inside.
Tony said: “We could see Britney all red-eyed from crying. Howie was lying in his boxers asleep on the bed. The hotel room was trashed.
“There were half-eaten plates of food everywhere. There were blankets all over the floor, clothes strewn everywhere. The trash was emptied everywhere over the floor.
“The entire place was littered with empty beer bottles and liquor bottles, small glasses of ice and cigarette butts everywhere.
“On the surface of the dresser, I could see mounds of white powder and a straw on top. I suspected it was cocaine or powdered methamphetamines.
“By the side I spotted a glass pipe, which I knew from my drugs training was often used with crystal meth.”
The drug has similar effects to amphetamine and ecstasy. Overdosing can cause heart failure.
Tony went on: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Britney was completely out of it. We thought she’d overdosed. She was distraught, crying. Her skin was all waxy. She looked so ill. We tried to speak to her. My fellow bodyguard and Alli were so worried they wanted to get hold of a medic to detoxify her. We were panicking. We thought she was going to die.
“There was talk about where to put the detox line it was that seriousâ€”through her arm, which would make fans think she’d been injecting, or through her neck.
“It was very distressing. Eventually we decided to get her out of there. We grabbed her and took her downstairs. All the time all she could say was, â€˜I don’t feel good’.
“In the car she was really odd. She kept asking for the air con to be turned up because she was sweating so much. I knew that was a bad sign.
“Somehow, we managed to get her to the gig and on stage in time. When she started singing she was staring intensely at me. She was out of it. I kept telling the other guard she needed help but he said she’ll get you if that’s the case.”
“Critics later panned her performance for lip-synching to her biggest hits. Tony said: “On the way home, she was making up strange songs and singing them in a weird voice.
“Then she wound down the window and started yelling, â€˜I’m a rock star. I’m a rock star’.”
It wasn’t the only time Tony witnessed Britney with drugs. “I saw her snort white powder on two nights out at Teddy’s nightclub in LA,” he said. “The first time, she was in a private booth. She was sat with another girl.
“The second time she had asked me to walk her to the rest room. After she’d been inside for about half an hour I poked my head round the door. There she was with a straw up her nose.”
Most disturbing for dad-of-two Tony was her still being hung over by booze and drugs at home with the kids close by. “There were times when Britney appeared to be under the influence near them,” he said. “It was frightening.
“She has a whiskey stash in her pantryâ€”and even if the children are close by, that doesn’t stop her drinking. After rehab she didn’t want people to see her boozing. So in clubs she’d have Jack Daniel’s and coke in polystyrene cups so it would look like coffee.”
Tony added: “I noticed that when she was under the influence of drugs at home, she behaved the same way as she’d done on drugs at the club.
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“I was worried about the children due to her erratic behaviour. She wouldn’t talk to them at all and she would be in her own world.
“I remember being in the hallway, and she was at the other end looking completely out of it.
“She would be nervously chewing her fingernails and babbling away. We’d have to look after the kids while she went through her strange behaviour.
“I know enough about drugs to know she was not being the normal Britney.”
Tony’s fears led to him making his 11th hour deposition at this week’s custody hearing. His US attorney Gloria Allred described his evidence as “highly explosive”.
The LA court judge was so appalled by it that, on top of the weekly drug tests, he ordered Britney to do eight-hour weekly sessions with a parenting coach.
Tony said: “I hope this will be wake-up call to her. I like Britney. All I want is for her to be a success and a good mum.”
He also told how she kept Jayden James and Sean Preston up late so they would sleep through the mornings and not wake her.
If they woke early, a member of staff dealt with them.
Tony said: “Britney does love her kids but she is a fickle mum. When the kids are happy, she’s happy. When they’re crying or unwell, she’s not sure what to do.
“She speaks to them in weird, creepy, baby voices, in made-up languages, which they just don’t get. All it does is unsettle, upset and scare them. Often she would scream and cry uncontrollably. Imagine what that is like for young children.”
Tony said he never saw her feed the boys. He added: “When they are unwell, her answer is: â€˜Give the baby a bottle of medicine.’ I’ve never seen her deal with them like a full, attentive mum.”
Tony knew he had to take action when Britney nearly wrote off her car with the kids inside. He said: “We followed her but she was driving like a lunatic on the wrong side of the road. It was terrifying.”
On Friday Britney was charged with hit-and-run and driving without a licence after allegedly crashing into a parked car in a separate incident. She could face up to six months in jail.
He has witnessed first hand how the once fresh-faced pop pin-up has degenerated into a disturbed, bloated and directionless diva.
Tony reveals the washed-up star, who still makes a staggering Â£371,000 A MONTH, spends her time either in bed, in a tanning salon or shopping for junk.
And he branded her behaviour as bordering on schizophrenic.
Tony, who was sacked by the volatile star in May after he failed to pick up a hat she dropped, said: “She was in a different world most of the time. I don’t think she even knew my name because she only ever called me â€˜baby’ or â€˜honey’.”
But whatever the boozed-up star wanted, he had to do it â€”even letting her rub her BREASTS on his BOTTOM.
Tony recalled: “We were at a party in Teddy’s club in LA one night and I was standing by the dancefloor keeping an eye on the people around her.
“All of a sudden she came up behind me and started rubbing herself on me. She rubbed her breasts on me and ran her hands provocatively up and down my back.
“I turned around, and she then smiled at me. Over my earpiece, the other bodyguard told me, â€˜Dance with her’. I replied, â€˜Are you kidding?’ He just snapped back, â€˜She wants you to dance’.
“So I found myself dancing away with her. She was in a skimpy dress, bumping and grinding into me.
“At one point, she spun round and pushed her bottom into my groin. It was very embarrassing because she doesn’t wear knickers.
“But the weird thing is she does buy knickers because I’ve seen her. So I don’t know what she does with them.”
Tony also revealed how her depression over her split from Federline drove her close to emotional breakdown and suicide. He said: “I arrived at Britney’s home one day to find the most horrible atmosphere. She was screaming and sobbing in her roomâ€”and what made us all even more nervous was that she had sent her nanny home and told her PA Alli to pack her bags.”As Alli was leaving, she told us, â€˜She’s told me to leave. It’s in your hands now. Look after the kids’.
“I remember the other bodyguard told me, â€˜Britney’s shutting down. I’ve seen her acting suicidal before. It was just before she shaved all her hair off.
“He also told me to keep an eye on the kids and, whatever happened, not to let them near the swimming pool. It was about 2pm. All I could do was keep checking on the pool.
“All sorts of things were going through my mind. One of those was to quit my job. It was all getting too much. I was genuinely scared she would hurt herself.” Her bizarre behaviour worried him. He said: “As well as talking in strange voices to the children Britney would talk in strange made-up languages to me too.
“And the expression in her face was always deadly serious. One time I found her out by the trash. She was mumbling and talking a whole made-up language.
“I couldn’t understand a word of it. It was like something from a different language, like she was trying to be someone else. It was quite scary. She was very confused.”
Tony said she clearly regretted shaving her head. “I remember seeing her without her wig on once and it was a shockâ€”although she still looked attractive,” he said.
“But she’d have outbursts of crying over it. Once I saw her standing by the sink, shaking, sobbing.
“She was in shorts and a skimpy shirt with no wig on, extremely upset.
“You could see the tears running down her face. I asked, â€˜Are you okay, Britney?’ She nodded, and turned away from making any more eye contact with me. She looked so lost.”
He was also shocked by her strange daily rituals.
Tony revealed: “After getting up at lunchtime and drinking her Starbucks coffee, she goes to a tanning shop in Bel Air, where she spends ten minutes on a UV bed every day. After that she usually eats sushi for lunch or bowls of Special K.
“We were always having to go out to get her Special K.
“And she downs can after can of Red Bull or cola. She drinks three Red Bulls an hour. That completes her daily routine.”
One of Tony’s other duties involved vetting Britney’s mail.
He said: “I was pretty shocked to discover the number of stalkers she has.
“She would get two letters a day from stalkersâ€”and some of them were way out there.
“She attracts some pretty sick types. What she needs more than anything is her family round her. I never ever met or saw her mother or sister Jamie Lynn because she had fallen out with them.
“She never mentioned their names ever.
“But when I first started work, one of the most important directives I was given was, â€˜My dad is NOT to be on this property’. That was made very clear.”
Yet the sad star, who forged a showbiz friendship with bad girl Paris Hilton, is desperate for new friends.
Tony revealed: “She keeps an album called her My New Friends Photo Album.
“It has a special ornate cover and she is constantly updating it. The funny thing is I’m told I am still on the front page of that book even though she sacked me.” Britney was also obsessive about her clothes. Her bodyguards had to take pictures of her in what she was wearing EVERY day.
“She seemed to want to capture every outfit she wore,” said Tony. “She loves dressing up in weird wigs and outfits.
“Every day she’d ask us all what we thought about what she was wearing. It really mattered to her.
“She’d say, â€˜Do you think I look nice, y’all?’ We’d all tell her â€˜yes’â€”because we didn’t want to risk putting our jobs on the line.
“Or being on the end of her temper.”
Mobile phones didn’t last long in the star’s hands. “In eight weeks, I saw her get through SIX expensive cellphones,” said Tony.
“She’d smash them up or throw them out of the window during phone fights with Kevin Federline.”
One thing Britney hated was getting too close to her fans.
“She loved shopping and not just in the classy shops.
“She’d often have us arrange for RiteAid (the US equivalent of Superdrug) to be closed down so she could shop without anyone bothering her.
“Britney absolutely hates anyone touching herâ€”even her bodyguards when we are leading her to safety.”
But she really hates fans touching her, asking her for autographs and pictures. Tony said: “If that happens, there is the potential for us ALL to have a bad day because it puts her in such a bad mood.”
Tony was devastated at his abrupt firing back in May. Britney dropped her hat and ordered him to pick it up.
As the star was already aware, Tony was born with a hearing problem.
She had to ask him three times before he heard and picked it up.
“I was made to go and stay in the car like a dog. That’s how she treated me. I was told she â€˜didn’t want to see my face’.
“I felt hurt and embarrassed. One of the other bodyguards tried to smooth things over and sent her a text reminding Britney about my hearing problem.
“The response was so cold and unsympathetic, it shocked me. It said, â€˜I forgot. But I can’t deal with it’.
“When I got back to the house I was barred from entering, and all my items were brought out to me. That’s how it ended.
“I would have laid down my life for Britney and her kids. You would have thought she would have had more respect for me.”
BRITNEY’S minders were given Â£3,000 A DAY in cash to finance her out-of-control shopping.
Tony said: “She thought nothing of spending money even though she couldn’t be trusted to carry her own credit card or cash.
“She wasn’t responsible enough for that. The other bodyguard and I would have to carry the cash which was delivered to us daily in a white money bag to pay for whatever she wanted to buy.”
The only time she was happy was when she was shopping. Tony added: “She could certainly spend moneyâ€”even in junk shops. In one, she spent Â£4,000 on stuff including an old chandelier.
“I spent 45 minutes putting up the thing for her and then it didn’t work. Britney’s response was, â€˜Get rid of it’.
“Money was no object because she didn’t know the value of it.
“I remember she decided to go to Puerto Rico on a whim. We found a private jet she could hire.
“It cost Â£30,000. But then just before she was due to go, she changed her mind.
“When we told her that there was a Â£20,000 cancellation fee because it was such short notice, her attitude was ‘doesn’t matter, don’t care’.
“We were given up to Â£3,000 a dayâ€”but Britney couldn’t be trusted to look after it herself.”
As well as the money, Tony would also have to drip-feed Britney the 100 Marlboro Lights that she chain-smoked through her empty days.
Tony added: “She employs four bodyguards but we were all at her beck and call like servants and asked to do things we weren’t supposed to do.”
WORRIED Tony also revealed how Britney likes to parade NAKED in front of her kidsâ€”and EVERYONE who works for her.
The bodyguard fears the frequent public strip-shows are a sign of “borderline mental behaviour”.
He said: “It’s the strangest thing, she likes to expose herself. I think part of it is she likes to embarrass people and make them feel uneasy.
“Before I even started working for her, I was warned about her stripping.
“I must have seen her naked dozens of times and each time I’ve been extremely embarrassed.
“She strips off anywhereâ€”at home, recording studios and clubs.
“Even at the dance rehearsals, she took all her clothes off in front of me and then bent over, not even to pick anything up. I felt my ears burning and turned my head to the wall.
“Another time, she came running to the guardroom. All she had on was a pair of skimpy shorts. One hand was covering one breast but the other was exposed. I didn’t know where to look.
“I’ve never told anyone about this before. I never even pulled Britney up about it. I was scared she’d fire me.”
Tony also told how Britney loved to get naked in swimming pools.
In July she cavorted with a student she had only just met, Mike Encinias, in the pool at her hotel.
And Tony said she regularly stripped off when she was with girl pals in the hot tub at her Beverly Hills mansion.
In recent months she has snogged women in public and been accused of bedding her PA Shannon Funk.
Tony said: “Britney and her friend Alli went out a lot of the time but never brought back any men. I found it odd how two good-looking, wealthy women could never attract nice men.
“Girls would come back to the house and they’d all get into the Jacuzzi. Britney would strip off and there’d be loads of screaming and noise.
“Howie stayed over a couple of times. We both wore firearms when he was around the house. We didn’t tell Britneyâ€”she would’ve freaked.”
BRITNEY made dozens of bizarre hygiene demands on her workersâ€”while she burped and farted in front of them.
The “demeaning” staff rules were spelt out to Tony on his first day.
He said: “I was told: â€˜Don’t stink around Britney. Make sure you use cologne and deodorant.
“Don’t sweat in her presenceâ€”so, as a big guy, I was constantly having to wash my face when I was around her.
“Make sure you’ve cut your nails. Use mints so she can’t be disgusted by your breath.
“Don’t stare at her. Act coy when she walks around naked. Don’t look at her bottom when she is getting in and out of a vehicle.
“Don’t eat in front of her. Her standards were extreme.”But Britneyâ€” who once made a bodyguard wash a laundry load of brasâ€”was not the most pleasant person to be around.
Tony said: “She has a terrible farting and burping problem. She burps and farts A LOT.”
And Tony revealed that Britney expected TWO cups of Starbucks coffee each day when she got up between 1pm and 2pm.
“She would want either â€˜The Hot One’â€”a grande vanilla latteâ€”or â€˜The Cold One’â€”a grande mocha frappe.
“She would only ever have one but I always had to fetch her both. It was such a waste.”
Tony, who gave a declaration to court during Britney’s recent custody hearing with Kevin Federline, told the News of the World: “I’ve been concerned about her erratic behaviour from day one.
“I couldn’t stand by and let the kids stay around her any longer.
“She has mental problems, and they are not helped by her taking drugs and alcohol.
“Her children need attention, and Britney doesn’t appear to be willing to give them that at the moment.
“She can’t cope with being a mother, as she has such a low boredom threshold.
“With her drug and booze issues, her home is no place for children to be raised.
“I gave a declaration to the court as I felt someone had to do something for the sake of the children.
“I am a dad and what I saw shocked me so much that it has forced me to take this measure.
“At one stage I was going to speak to child protection services, but I was worried they wouldn’t take my case as I was questioning a multi-millionairess.
“So when the custody case came to court, I contacted the judge to assist in the case.
“I don’t support either party-but I do want the judge to make the right decision.
“Britney needs to take hold of her life again and realise that her children are much more important than partying and dangerous pastimes.
Describing the night of Britney’s terrifying overdose at the Mondrian Hotel, Tony added: “We were desperately concerned about her mental and physical welfare. She was acting very nervously and biting her acrylic nails down to the base.
“She was deeply upset and appeared distraught, with tears in her eyes. I’ve never seen her so bad.
“While all this was going on she could only say: â€˜I don’t feel good’ .
“All sorts of people went in there to see her, and somehow that night she managed to get on stage. But she was not herself, her eyes were still huge and she was out of it.
“The next day me and the other guard talked about her overdose , he replied: â€˜Yeah thank God-we made it.’ We never spoke about it again. ”
Describing Britney’s alcohol abuse, Tony continued: “Whenever she drinks, she turns into a party animal.
“Once she made me take a Jack and Coke to her as she sat in her white Mercedes â€“ and then she sped off with it. In the US, that’s illegal.
“In the end, whenever she’d ask us to fix her a drink, we’d trick her by filling the cups with coke and adding a dash of bourbon on top to make it seem stronger than it actually was.
“All of a sudden, we weren’t bodyguards anymore. We’d turned into babysitters!
“We had to cut back on her booze because it was easier for us.
“Once at the club, the Borat comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was there. His party was actually seated in the nearby booth, and wanted to meet Britney. But just snubbed him. She wasn’t interested, all she cared about was dancing and partying with her friend.
“It was so embarrassing because they were seated so close to us.”
Tony says K-Fed never visited Britney during his time alongside her.
Tony said: “They would just have massive rows on the phone all the time.
“She would scream at him, and it would deeply distress her.
“I saw her through her mobile out of her car during one of their shouting matches.
“I never saw mum and dad together with their kids.”
Source: News Of The World
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