LOS ANGELES (CN) – Britney Spears’ alleged former manager Sam Lufti claims her parents defamed him in “a campaign of lies and intimidation designed to destroy Lufti and drive him out of Britney’s life.” Lufti demands $480,000 for the four months he spent as Spears’ manager.
Lufti claims in Superior Court that Spears was on the verge of filing for restraining orders against her parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, when he met her at an L.A. nightclub. Lufti says he and Spears quickly became close friends, and he agreed to become her manager “out of concern for Britney and her well being.”
Lufti and Spears allegedly agreed that he would manage her career for 4 years, in exchange for 15 percent of her income.
Lufti says Spears made $800,000 per month.
Lufti claims he helped Spears with virtually every aspect of her career and personal life, advising her on her divorce with Kevin Federline, “coordinating every legal meeting, hearing child visitation and other matters related to Britney’s custody dispute and a then pending hit and run action.”
He says he organized her professional life, scheduling recording sessions, helping Spears pick songs for her “Blackout” album, and arranging her photo shoots, music videos, tour choreographers, stylists, endorsement deals, accounting meetings, and legal counsel.
Lufti says he also managed Spears’ personal life, planning her kids’ birthday parties, helping her buy, sell and decorate her homes, and hire and fire nannies.
However, Lufti says in the lawsuit, “no good deed goes unpunished.”
He says his reign as manager ended after 4 months, when Spears apparently made up with her parents, and agreed let her father take over her affairs as her conservator. He says Jamie Spears fired him, while Lynne Spears published “Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.”
In the book, Lufti says, Lynne claims that he controlled and manipulated Britney, hiding her cell phones and disabling her cars to trap her at home. He complains that the mother claimed that he “would hide Britney’s dog, London. She would look all over the house, crying, and then [Lufti] would bring out the dog an act like some sort of savior.”
Lufti says the book has caused him “unfathomable amounts of ridicule and scorn.” He says he can no longer find work in his pre-celebrity-management field, counseling at-risk teens.
Lufti wants $480,000 in management fees, plus damages “in an amount appropriate to punish” the parents. He is represented by Bryan Freedman.