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Britney Spears Parents Deem Her Mentally Incapable to Testify

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Despite the fact it's been a long time since Britney Spears shaved her head, her parents still feel the pop star is mentally incapable to testify against her former manager, Sam Lufti and he is challenging that statement in court.

While Britney Spears is doing better then her days with Kevin Federline, her parents still think she mentally incapable to testify against her ex-manager, Sam Lufti. Her father, James Parnell Spears, is still in control of his daughter's conservatorship along with the family lawyer, Andrew Wallet. Lufti was fired in 2008.

Sam Lufti is suing Lynn Spears for defamation. She wrote in her memoir “Through the Storm” that Lufti was the cause of the breakdown in her family's communication with Britney. She also wrote the former manager influenced the vulnerable pop star in a negative manner. She claimed the ex-manager was a master manipulator who drugged her daughter.

Billboard reports Lufti wants Britney Spears, 29, to give a deposition. Her parents resisted, stating Britney is incapable of testifying. On Monday, Lufti asked a judge at Los Angeles Superior Court to order a psychiatric evaluation of Britney to prove that statement is untrue.

Lufti claims Britney Spears' life was a mess before he arrived on the scene. He is suing for defamation and an appeals court refused to dismiss the lawsuit last November. Britney's conservators do not want her to give her side of the story, as requested by her ex-manager.

To prove Britney is mentally capable, Lufti pointed out a recent MTV documentary about the star, an upcoming world tour and a March interview by Ryan Seacrest. Lutfi brought the evidence for analysis to his own expert, Joshua Pretsky, a UCLA Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Pretsky declared to the court:

"In the Ryan Seacrest interview, which was recorded approximately two months ago, Britney Spears is interviewed at length, and she responds logically and coherently to questions, evidencing logical thinking and mental competency. The edited interviews in the video documentary also evidence coherent and logical thinking, responsiveness to questions, and mental competence ... In my opinion, there is good cause to conduct an Independent Medical Examination to investigate the Conservators' claim that Ms. Spears is not mentally capable of testifying, and the claim that she was not mentally competent to enter into a binding contract. ...”

If Britney Spears is deemed to be mentally fit, it could be the beginning of the end of her conservatorship. No matter what happens, her career is on the upswing.

According to MTV, Britney Spears will start working on her next music video later this month for the single, “I Wanna Go.” In June, she hit the road with Nicki Minaj for the “Femme Fatale” tour.

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