Gag Order Denied in Britney Spears Case
February 20, 2008 at 5:39 AM (PT)
A lawyer for BRITNEY SPEARS was turned down TUESDAY in a bid for a gag order on attorneys in the pop star's child-custody dispute with ex-husband KEVIN FEDERLINE. Superior Court Commissioner SCOTT GORDON rejected the request after attorney ANNE KILEY argued that media coverage was "emotionally and physically" dangerous to SPEARS.
FEDERLINE's attorney, MARK VINCENT KAPLAN, contended that the absence of a gag order doesn't leave SPEARS' children in jeopardy and that SPEARS is more concerned about the paparazzi frenzy that follows her.
KAPLAN noted that the paparazzi swarms existed before SPEARS filed for divorce in NOVEMBER 2006.
Neither SPEARS nor FEDERLINE were present at the hearing.
SPEARS has not been allowed to see sons JAYDEN JAMES, 1, and SEAN PRESTON, 2, since an incident at her home that led to the first of her two hospitalizations in a psychiatric facility this year and a decision by another court to put her father, JAMES SPEARS, in charge of her affairs.