Britney Spears’ temporary restraining order against her ex-manager, Sam Lutfi, was recently extended for roughly two weeks as of May 28, 2019. The restraining order will remain in effect until June 13, when a hearing on whether it can be extended for several years will resume.
As USA Today and other news outlets report, a judge ordered Lutfi to stay 200 yards away from the singer and her family, and must not make any defamatory statements about Britney. Britney reportedly claims Lutfi has been interfering with her life by harassing her and her parents, all while riling up her fans. Prior to the restraining order, Lutfi reportedly posted disparaging and threatening comments about the singer on his social media accounts and was allegedly firing off texts to her mother, Lynne Spears. Further, he is accused of using his social media platform to spread misinformation about Britney and her team. Britney’s lawyers say Lutfi’s activity has had a negative impact on her and has placed her mental health at risk. The purpose of the restraining order, they say, is to “prevent future harm and further psychological trauma.”
Although Lutfi’s attorney claims the restraining order “violates Mr. Lutfi’s constitutional rights” and they intend on coming back given that the restraining order is a temporary order, the restraining order should stand in the long future. Even if Lutfi’s claim that he has not had direct contact with Britney since 2009 is true, indirect activity involving negative comments on social media or communication through phone calls and text can still have a very real effect on an individual’s mental health. If there is enough evidence to show Lutfi engaged in the conduct that he is accused of, the restraining order should stand for several years, unless Britney chooses otherwise.
UPDATE AS OF 6/13/19: The judge granted Britney Spears a permanent retraining order against Lutfi on Thursday, June 13. The judge ultimately sided with Britney’s team and decided they needed the protection. The permanent restraining order will be in effect for the next 5 years.