Stay far away, at least 200 yards! Britney Spears‘ lawyers filed a temporary restraining order against her former manager Sam Lutfi on May 7, and a judge has signed off, according to court documents obtained by The National ENQUIRER.
Lutfi, 44, must keep his distance from the pop princess, her two sons Sean and Jayden James, and parents Lynne and Jamie Spears.
In the restraining order request obtained by The Enquirer, Spears and her team allege that her ex-pal’s “actions have caused severe mental trauma at a time where Ms. Spears is recovering from stress related to her father’s health and her work. Mr. Lutfi’s unjustified interference in her life and with the conservatorship threaten Ms. Spears’ safety and well-being, as well as caused anxiety and fear in those work with and for her.”
Per the documents, Lutfi was allegedly sending threatening texts and tweets to the troubled pop star and her loved ones.
In the former manager’s opposition to the restraining order, he argued that his tweets couldn’t have caused anyone reasonable to suffer “substantial emotional distress” that is required to grant a restraining order. The documents, which were obtained by The ENQUIRER, also insists that Spears’ team cannot prove that if the restraining order were not granted, that it would cause “great or irreparable harm” to the pop star.
Lutfi also argues that not allowing him to make “disparaging public statements” about the star would be an infringement upon his First Amendment rights. He also countered that it was actually the songstress who disparaged him! “Spears recently made highly disparaging comments accusing Mr. Lutfi of forgery and impersonation,” according to the filing, which cites Spears’ April 23 Instagram post in which she tells her followers that her ex-manager wrote fake emails to her team and pretended they were from her.”
After the judge’s ruling, Lutfi’s attorney Marc Gans said in a statement to The ENQUIRER: “We are disappointed at the outcome. I think it is overly broad and violates Mr. Lutfi’s constitutional rights. This is a temporary order and we look forward to coming back May 28.”
A judge will decide on that day whether or not to make the restraining order more permanent.
The Blast was first to break the news.