Lutfi Appeals Spears' Restraining Order
BRITNEY SPEARS' former manager SAM LUTFI is appealing a restraining order that bans him from going near the pop star for three years.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aviva Bobb issued the order against Lutfi and his legal associate Jon Eardley on Tuesday (28Apr09).
Both men must stay at least 100 yards away from Britney, her two sons, and her family members' homes.
Under the terms of the new order, they cannot contact the singer via phone, mail or email.
Spears' father Jamie filed the restraining order request in January (09) after learning Lutfi had attempted to contact his daughter over Christmas (08), going so far as to smuggle a cell phone to the singer in a hotel.
Planning the appeal, Lutfi's lawyer's told reporters earlier this week, "Never before in the history of the world has a restraining order been granted as a result of someone answering someone else's cries for help.
"The evidence showed it was Britney Spears reaching out to Mr. Lutfi and all he did was help her get a lawyer."
Lutfi has now officially filed his appeal, reports TMZ.com. The motion comes two months after he filed a lawsuit against the Spears family for defamation and battery.
The singer last month (Mar09) obtained a permanent restraining order against her former boyfriend, paparazzo Adnan Ghalib, which will be in place for three years.