Thursday, February 7, 2008

Britney Is Out Of The Hospital

Britney Spears has been discharged from the psych ward at UCLA Medical Center, a source confirms to PEOPLE. The Los Angeles Times reports that Britney left without fanfare Wednesday, with the help of a private security detail. Britney was spotted later in the afternoon, leaving her Summit Circle home in Studio City.

Britney was taken by ambulance to the hospital on January 31 and was initially held under a 72-hour psychiatric hold. Under the treatment of her psychiatrist, Dr. Deborah Nadel, Britney's stay was extended to a 14-day hold on Sunday. Only Dr. Nadel would've had the authority to deem the singer well enough to be released, legal experts say. It's unclear whether the singer will continue with outpatient treatment.

Britney's dad Jamie was granted temporary control over his daughter's affairs on Friday (though it did not include control of her psychiatric treatment). His conservatorship was extended this week to Febuary 14 – following a battle in court over who's best suited to look after the troubled pop star. More court documents were released Tuesday, revealing Jamie Spears's conversations with Britney in the hospital.

The release of the singer also comes after Britney's mother, Lynne Spears, successfully obtained a restraining order against her daughter's self-described friend and manager Sam Lutfi. The order forbids Lutfi from getting within 250 yards of Britney, her homes, her family's homes and the hospital where she's staying.

In her court documents, Lynne Spears, describing the chaotic scene at her daughter's house when she arrived January 28 for an intervention, claimed, "Mr. Lutfi has drugged Britney. He has cut Britney's home phone line and removed her cell phone chargers. He claims to control everything."


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