Archive for January, 2008

UK Chart Update For Week Ending January 6th

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“Piece Of Me” has jumped 27 places this week to #19 in the official UK singles chart.  The position is based on downloads of the song as an album track.  The single is officially released on January 14th, having been delayed a week.  The release will comprise of a 2 track physical CD single, and a remix EP made available on legal download services such as iTunes.

“Blackout” has also risen, having jumped 7 places to #58 in the official UK album chart this week.

Sam Says More Information May Be Released To The Public

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“I witnessed Dr. Phil being incredibly influential in helping the family unite. … His meeting with Britney has certainly made a positive impact instilling seeds of encouragement and reality within her.”

Britney Spears confidant Sam Lutfi, on the TV therapist’s involvement with the singer. He also hinted that bigger revelations may come soon, saying, “In the near future it is likely that more information may be shared with the public with the hopes of better understanding a situation as serious as this.”

Source: People Magazine

Jamie Breaks Down After Britney's Release

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A father’s nightmare took a turn for the worst. After keeping watch of his daughter at Cedars-Sinai hospital, Britney Spears’s dad Jamie Spears broke into tears shortly after her discharge Saturday morning.

“Jamie was really upset,” a source tells PEOPLE, “He was in tears. When he got to the house and realized the situation there, it broke him down.”

He and his eldest daughter have had a rocky relationship, but with his ex-wife Lynne and youngest daughter Jamie-Lynn traveling back home to Louisiana, he was the sole Spears family member on scene during her mental evaluation. “[Jamie] thought he understood what was going on,” the source adds, but now, “He doesn’t know what to do. Everyone is trying to figure out the best thing to do, but who knows what that is now.”

Spears was able to accept visitors during her stay, and Dr. Phil McGraw – whom Jamie considers “a god,” the source says – advised her father while at the hospital. He told Spears that his daughter’s release was “one of the worst decisions that could have been made.”

Source: People Magazine

Confirmed: Britney Has Been Released From Hospital

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After a little more than 24 hours at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, E! News has confirmed that Britney Spears has been released from the hospital, despite previous reports that she was to be held under a minimum three-day lockdown.

Shortly after her admittance via ambulance just after midnight Thursday, the singer was placed on a “5150 hold,” meaning medical workers had determined she posed a danger either to herself or others. As a result, she was to be held for 72 hours, during which time she was to undergo a battery of physical and psychological tests.

However, medical officials have the authority to lift the hold at any time during a patient’s stay, should they be determined to no longer pose a threat. Spears’ early release indicates she was granted the medical and psychological all-clear.

According to The Insider, Spears made her exit from Cedars-Sinai early Saturday morning via an underground tunnel at the facility. The show also reports that none other than Dr. Phil McGraw was on hand to escort the singer off the premises.

Spears is reportedly now back at her Studio City home.

News of her release comes in the wake of confirmation from Spears pal Sam Lutfi that the 26-year-old was doing much better than she had been during the precipitating hours-long custody standoff.

“She is doing a lot better than Thursday night, she’s reached out to her mom and Jamie Lynn and they’ve been in constant contact…they have shown wonderful support,” Lufti told E! News’ Jason Kennedy exclusively Friday night, adding that Spears would not be at the hospital for any longer than the hold required of her.

It’s unclear if any of Spears’ supportive family members were on hand for her release early Saturday.

Father Jamie Spears is the only official family member to be caught by paparazzi entering Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which he did early Friday morning, along with Lutfi.

While Kevin Federline was also present at the hospital when his 26-year-old ex-wife was first being admitted for a battery of physical and psychological tests, Lutfi made clear that Federline was only there to check on his children, Sean Preston and Jayden James, the latter of whom was also briefly checked out by doctors—as is standard for children in the wake of such a traumatic experience—before given the medical okay.

He was not, as has been reported, there to visit Spears. When asked if the 29-year-old father had seen or spoken to the singer since Thursday night’s incident, Lutfi gave E! News a quite adamant, “No!”

As for what specifically went down Thursday night, Lutfi offered no new specifics on the standoff that culminated in Spears locking herself in a room with one-year-old son Jayden and ended with the “Gimme More” singer being transported via ambulance to Cedars-Sinai.

However, he did say that he believed the media and legal circus that resulted from the evening was mishandled but that he did not begrudge the LAPD for following protocal, saying the officers remained at the Studio City home for so long because they “wanted to make sure they were following proper procedure and abiding by the court documents.”

Still, he said he wished “that the whole situation was handled better.”

Source: E! News

Britney Released From Hospital?

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After being rushed to the hospital Thursday night and spending two nights there, Britney Spears has left the building. Both Entertainment Tonight and The Insider are confirming that the mother of two left Saturday morning via an underground tunnel. A source told the television shows that there was no reason to keep her hospitalized any longer though at first it was reported she will stay for 72 hours.

But before she was released, Britney had an unexpected visitor. Dr. Phil was seen visiting the out of control singer.

Source: OK! Magazine

I don’t know what to say….

Rumour: Britney Throws A Fit At Hospital

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We are hearing from multiple sources that Britney Spears is throwing a fit on the 7th floor of Cedars Sinai. She is demanding to leave, screaming at the staff, will not lay or sit still, we’re told.

From all indications she is being held on a 5150, which means she is a danger to herself and others. Typically people in that situation can be held for 72 hours against their will.

UPDATE- We have also been told she has pulled her IV out and is generally out of control.

Source: TMZ

If this is true, I’m really glad.  At least she’s not “acting normal” to g et out within 72 hours.  Hopefully this leads them to keeping her for longer, and her realising she has a problem.

What Exactly Is Britney Going Through At Hospital?

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Isolation, psychological evaluations and unfamiliar surroundings: that’s what life is like for Britney Spears while she continues her 72-hour mental lockdown at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.

Here’s what experts tell PEOPLE about Spears’s lockdown conditions – and what may happen to her and her children following her Thursday night meltdown.

How is she being treated in the hospital?

Committed under California’s “5150 Hold” – in which Spears was deemed a danger to herself and/or others – she is not permitted to leave Cedars-Sinai “under any circumstances” for at least 72 hours, says Dr. Stacy Kaiser, an L.A.-based psychotherapist.
“She will be isolated, and all her behavior will be monitored,” says Kaiser. “They’ll make sure she doesn’t have any drugs on her. They will closely watch everything she puts in her mouth. If they’re giving her medication, they will make sure she takes it.” It is unlikely she is being restrained, “but if she is being difficult and argumentative, they could sedate her and strap her down,” says Kaiser, noting that the 5150 is so extreme because it strips a patient of nearly all autonomy.

“Britney has lost the opportunity to make decisions for herself,” she says. “The law is in charge of her. It’s very rare.”

What happens when her 72 hours are up?

“If they find you are still at risk to yourself or others, they can keep you longer,” says Kaiser.

Defense attorney Jim Epstein of Los Angeles adds that if the patient has attempted or threatened physical harm to themselves or others during the confinement period, he or she can be held for additional treatment, up to 180 days.

Still, most “will play ball enough to get out of the hospital,” says Dr. Diana Kirschner, a New York City psychologist.

How does her hospitalization affect her custody rights?

Already stripped of all custody and visitation until at least Jan. 14, she is unlikely to lose visitation rights permanently because “it’s not usually considered in the best interests of the children,” says Lynn Soodik, a certified family law specialist and practicing family law attorney in Los Angeles.

Still, her visitation could be severely curtailed. “She’s getting to the point of: Who’s going to allow her to be alone with her children?” says Soodik. “The factors weighing most heavily against her are the (Thursday) confrontation in front of her children and possible use of an illegal substance.”

How are Sean, 2, and Jayden, 1, holding up?

“A 1-year-old child is very attached to his parents,” says Kaiser. “If his mother is panicked, he is panicked. (Sean) can probably articulate a little bit more and understand a little bit more, so he’s probably more afraid. This is a giant drop in the pool, and all the ripples will follow.”

What can Kevin do to minimize the effects of the situation?

“He needs to be stable and he needs to keep other people as constants in their life,” says Kaiser. “Those kids need as much stability in their lives as they can get right now in order to minimize the effects of what their mom is doing.”

Source: People Magazine

Britney Loses Visitation Rights

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Britney Spears lost her child-visitation rights Friday following her 72-hour lockdown for a mental evaluation.

Kevin Federline is “awarded sole legal custody and sole physical custody of the minor children,” court Commissioner Scott Gordon said in a written ruling after an emergency hearing.

Gordon said Spears’s “visitation with the minor children is suspended pending further order of the court.”

The order is in effect until Jan. 14.

After the 40-minute hearing, Federline’s attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said: “There are no winners here.”

He said he was “not happy about any of the events that have happened.”

Police responded to Spears’s house on Thursday night after she refused to turn over the boys to Federline’s bodyguard after a visitation day. Kaplan arrived at the house “to bring a document … that identified the existing court order” about custody, he earlier told the Associated Press.

“I was up at the guard gate where (she) lives,” he told AP. “I did not go in” to the home.

On Friday, Kaplan and Spears’s attorney met privately with the judge in his chambers, then returned in the afternoon for a closed hearing.

Spears, meanwhile, is not facing any criminal charges – for now.

“The LAPD is not planning to file any charges against Ms. Spears at this time,” Officer April Harding tells PEOPLE. “The investigation is ongoing.”

Source: People Magazine

Officials Confirm That Britney Wasn't Under The Influence

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Although police initially suspected Britney Spears was “under the influence of an unknown substance” during a nearly three-hour standoff with police Thursday night, authorities have since determined Spears was clean and sober.

According to Los Angeles police Officer Ana Aguirre, there was no evidence the pop star had been drinking or doing drugs during the Jan. 3 incident.

“Our understanding is that was not the case,” she said.

“There was a time where she was within the residence and wasn’t available to be speaking to the officers, apparently,” added Aguirre. “There was no threat to the children.”

Aguirre confirmed both Spears’ children were turned over to her ex-husband Kevin Federline and the pop star was taken to the hospital.

“We’re not aware of any type of injuries that she sustained” and she was not combative with authorities, Aguirre said.

Spears is currently at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she is reportedly on a 72-hour lockdown for mental evaluation.

The troubled singer’s father, Jamie, reportedly has been at the hospital, by his daughter’s side.

Source: CelebTV