Britney Spears‘ former friend and advisor Sam Lutfi has been banned from contacting the star for three years.
After hearings over the last few weeks, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aviva Bobb issued a three-year restraining order against Lutfi and Jon Eardley, a man who claimed to be Britney’s attorney, after they were deemed to be interfering with Britney’s ongoing recovery.
Under the terms of the ruling, both men must stay at least 100 yards away from Britney, her sons Sean and Jayden, and the homes of her family members, including ex-husband Kevin Federline. They are also barred from contacting Britney or any of her family by phone, mail or email, and are not allowed to “act on Ms Spears’s behalf or purport to act on her behalf.”
Sam has been banned from contacting the star since her conservatorship was put in place in February last year but Britney’s dad Jamie Spears applied for the new order at the end of January after claims Sam had been trying to contact Britney through her hairdresser and tried to smuggle a mobile phone to her at a hotel.
Lufti’s lawyer Bryan Freedman told People magazine that they will “absolutely appeal” the ruling because: “Never before in history has a restraining order been issued against someone who answered another person’s cries for help.”
But sources close to Britney say she’s glad that the ban has been extended until May 2012: “They were good friends once but no more. She sees him as part of her dark past and wants nothing more to do with him now. He scares her and she hopes he gets the message to stay away from now on.”