(LOS ANGELES) — Britney Spears and her parents have emerged victorious in a legal case brought against them by her purported ex-manager, Sam Lutfi.
According to KABC-TV, a Los Angeles judge on Thursday determined there was insufficient evidence to prove Lufti’s claims of libel, battery and breach of contract. The decision came in the midst of a trial that began a few weeks ago.
The case will be formally dismissed at 10 a.m. local time Friday. Lutfi has already vowed to appeal the ruling.
Lutfi had claimed that Britney owed him money from his stint as her manager. He also alleged that her mom, Lynne Spears, libeled him in her 2008 book, Through the Storm, and that the pop star’s dad, Jamie Spears, once punched him.
During the trial, Lutfi’s attorney claimed his client was made a “scapegoat” for Britney’s erratic behavior in the past. Lutfi later stated in court that he was subjected to death threats after the release of Through the Storm, which he argued portrayed him as a manipulator.
Britney’s parents filed a motion earlier this week to have the battery and breach of contract allegations dismissed.
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