Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Britney A No Show For Court Today

Britney Spears was originally expected to submit, at long last, to questioning from Kevin Federline's attorneys Wednesday morning, giving her long-delayed deposition in the ex-couple's ongoing custody battle, sources confirm exclusively to E! News that the singer has not and will not be giving testimony.

A source close to the case said that the singer's "anxiety level is too high" for her to honor the appointment and be deposed and that she is feeling sick. Brit’s under-oath testimony was scheduled to kick off at the Los Angeles offices of Kevin's main legal man, Mark Vincent Kaplan, at 10 a.m., but the hour came and went with nary a sign of the singer.

The Q&A session, which Kevin's lawyers have been laboring for more than a year to secure, was expected to last most of the day. The pop wreck was due to be grilled on such issues as her past drug and alcohol use, her struggles to abide by Court Commissioner Scott M. Gordon's orders, her penchant for rolling over the feet of bystanders and her general fitness as a mother to sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1.

A November motion from the Department of Child and Family Services made public last week indicated the agency "has concerns of its own regarding the safety and welfare of the children if the children are left in the mother's care." Fortunately for Britney, the details of her deposition, whenever it now may be, won't be fit for public consumption.

On October 26, Gordon ruled the session could not be videotaped, after Britney’s legal crew voiced fears the recording would be leaked. Kaplan has already grilled several members of Brit’s posse, including sidekick Alli Sims, former manager Larry Rudolph and former bodyguard and manny Daimon Shippen.

Britney’s creepy main man Sam Lufti was scheduled to be deposed November 30, but, like Brit, he failed to show for his appointment. Kevin's camp is planning to file a motion compelling the self-styled movie producer to testify in January.

Kevin was granted primary physical custody of his sons with Britney earlier this year, with supervised visitation given to his ex. Last month, attorneys for the duo managed to keep it civil long enough to hash out a holiday schedule without assistance from the court. The boys are expected to divide their Christmas custody logging at casas Spears and Federline.


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