Lutfi: 'Ghalib Has Been In Touch With Britney'
Britney Spears' ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib has ignored a restraining order against him and has been exchanging text messages with the star, according to the singer's former manager SAM LUTFI.
Spears' father Jamie won a restraining order against both Ghalib and Lutfi last February (08) after he took charge of his daughter's affairs, and the ruling was recently extended to 18 March (09).
Lutfi has been accused of desperately trying to get in touch with his former charge in recent months, and Spears' stylist recently testified against him, claiming the former svengali spent three weeks over Christmas (08) attempting to gather information about the star.
Hairstylist Roberta Romero told a Los Angeles court on Wednesday (25Feb09) Lutfi had sent her a series of text messages, asking her to relay messages to Spears.
But Lutfi has denied the allegations, insisting he had no direct contact with the singer - unlike paparazzo Ghalib, reports TMZ.com.
In his court declaration, Lutfi alleges, "I did not initiate any direct communication with Britney Spears. Although I did receive text messages from her. All responses to those messages were conveyed to Britney through others, including... Adnan Ghalib."
This week's (beg23Feb09) hearing was held to determine whether Jamie Spears' restraining order against Lutfi and Ghalib should continue.
The case will continue on 1 April (09).
Meanwhile, California private investigator Cookie Schwartz has confirmed she is working on a case against Lutfi.
Schwartz tells Life & Style magazine she and her Tri-Valley Investigations colleagues are trying to get a profile of Spears' former manager, who has been ordered to stay at least 250 yards from Britney under the terms of the restraining order against him.