Britney's Lawyer Explains Why She Lost Custody
The singer was accused of not taking a drug and alcohol test and of failing to provide proof of a driver's license
According to People.com, Britney Spear's lawyer, Sorrell Trope, said the 25-year-old singer temporarily lost custody of her kids for violating an order to take twice-weekly random blood and alcohol tests, and for not providing proof of a California driver's license.
Trope stated that even though Kevin Federline's lawyer Marc Vincent Kaplan argued that the songstress didn't take the tests, “there's no evidence that she actually failed a test.” Still, the courts consider not taking a test to be the same as a failed test.
On Monday, L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon ruled that the artist would have to give up custody of her kids, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, to her ex-husband “until further notice of the court.” This order came after a private meeting between Gordan and Kaplan.
Gordon recently accused Spears of being a “habitual, frequent and continuous” user of drugs and alcohol and ordered her to take the random drug tests. This happened after her ex-bodyguard Tony Barreto told the public and the courts that he saw Spears abusing drugs and alcohol while he worked for her.
Two weeks ago, the pop star was accused of a hit-and-run after an Aug. 6 fender-bender, and of driving without a valid California license. Trope explained: “We weren't able to prove compliance with what the judge ordered. Specifically, the judge ordered that by 10 a.m. (Monday) morning, both parties show valid California driving licenses. I've been unable to produce evidence of that.”
People.com informed that Spears, who until now had been sharing custody with Federline, 29, returned the kids to one of her ex's bodyguards on Monday after spending the weekend with them in Malibu, CA. Later, she headed to the DMV in Van Nuys, CA, to apply for her driver's license.
A hearing has been set for this Wednesday.