In what should be considered a lesson to everyone who thinks that legal relief can be had quickly, the 2008 case between Sam Lufti and Britney Spears and family just settled last week. In the lawsuit, Lufti claimed Spears' father actually struck him. Lufti also alleged that Spears' mother lied about him in her memoir.
Details of the settlement were not released by the court, and it is unlikely either party is free to release the actual numbers. After this action was initially dismissed by the lower court in 2012, Lufti appealed the dismissal and won. Had this settlement not occurred, trial was scheduled to begin next month.
Lufti vs. Spears Settlement
TMZ is reporting that Spears paid Lufti in the low six figures to settle the case, which they estimate is less than the half million dollar attorneys costs Spears would have had to shoulder to take the case to trial. The amounts in question have not been confirmed. The settlement came after many years of courtroom battles.
Lufti claimed that Spears' drug use was what caused her problems back in 2008, and eventually led to the pop star's hospitalization. Spears' family believed that Lufti, her former manager, was the cause of the star's rapid decline. Fortunately, we don't have to live through these claims being dissected in a Los Angeles courtroom, as the matter has settled.
Spears Is Getting Aggressive With the Media
While Britney's lawyers have threatened to sue In Touch Weekly if they run a piece about Britney acting strange before the recent MTV VMAs, TMZ got wind of the story, and basically let the cat out of the bag. In Touch claims to have received information that Britney was speaking with a British accent and talking to herself before the show. When the magazine reached out for Spears to comment, they were told by Spears' lawyers that publishing the story would result in a lawsuit.
Spears has arguably recovered from her spectacular descent back in 2008 where she appeared to have buckled under the weight of her own massive popularity. Now, it sounds like she is aggressively trying to keep any negative press at bay.