Celebrities / Music

Lawsuit over Britney Spears’ darkest days settled

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, Britney Spears arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Los Angeles court records show Spears and her caretakers  settled a long-running libel and breach-of-contract lawsuit on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, that was filed by her former confidante Sam Lutfi against the pop singer and her parents. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, Britney Spears arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Los Angeles court records show Spears and her caretakers settled a long-running libel and breach-of-contract lawsuit on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, that was filed by her former confidante Sam Lutfi against the pop singer and her parents. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ caretakers and her former confidante have settled a long-running lawsuit that centered on events before the pop star’s public meltdown in 2008.

Attorneys for Spears’ father, who is her conservator, filed a notice in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday announcing the settlement with Sam Lutfi, who was Spears’ self-professed manager.

Lutfi sued Spears and her parents in 2009, claiming her father Jamie hit him in the singer’s mansion in early 2008. He also contended that a memoir by Spears’ mother, Lynne, contained libel about him.

The filing does not provide details on the settlement.

A judge in November 2012 threw out Lutfi’s claims, but an appeals court later restored the lawsuit. A trial had been scheduled for October.

The settlement was first reported by celebrity website TMZ.
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