(LOS ANGELES) — Britney Spears’ past came back to haunt her again Tuesday, as Adnan Ghalib, the paparazzo she once dated, recounted their romance and her downward spiral during 2008.
Testifying in court as part of a suit brought by Sam Lufti against Spears and her family, Ghalib, 40, said he went from photographing the pop star to dating her in December 2007. He testified that he saw her “daily” during their time together and denied that he ever saw Spears’ former “manager” Sam Lutfi hide her cell phones, cut off phone lines, or withhold access to her dog, all allegations that Spears’ parents have made against Lutfi.
Ghalib alleged that Spears’s mom Lynne once tried to get him to speak negatively about Lutfi.
“She requested that I say [to the press] Sam Lutfi was responsible for Britney Spears’s behavior,” he said.
According to People magazine, during cross-examination, Ghalib said he bought a disposable cell phone at Lutfi’s request to be smuggled to Spears in mid-2008, months after her father obtained legal control over her. He also confirmed that a judge ordered him to stay away from Spears for three years and admitted he was once arrested while evading a process server in the case.
Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, took the stand after Ghalib. He testified that he never chased Lutfi around the kitchen counter and that he never punched him, allegations that Lutfi made against him last week.
Lutfi’s mother, sister and several other family members appeared in court Tuesday for the first time.
Lutfi’s case against the Spears family is expected to conclude Tuesday, and the pop star’s legal team will begin their defense. Lutfi is suing Spears for unpaid fees during the time he supposedly served as her manager, Jamie Spears for allegedly punching him and Lynne Spears for purportedly defaming him in her 2008 book about her daughter’s breakdown.
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