Britney Spears ex-manager described from the witness stand a scene of domestic warfare, saying the superstars father chased him around a kitchen, punched him and threatened his life.
Sam Lutfi, who is suing Spears parents for defamation, testified while they watched from across the courtroom.
He denied accusations made in a book by Lynne Spears that he was a Svengali who became the gatekeeper of her daughters world, locking her parents out of her life. Lutfis was overcome by tears while describing the aftermath of the publication of the 2008 book, Through the Storm.
There was a huge spike of death threats that were pretty bad, he testified. People I know were shunning me. Websites were created to kill me. People wished I was dead.
Lutfi told of days leading to Britneys hospitalization at a psychiatric unit, and jurors saw a video of the star ordering him around outside her home hours before she was taken away.
Lutfi said Britney feared her father Jamie Spears and fled her home when she heard he was coming. Lutfi said the father confronted him twice and punched him on the second visit. Jamie Spears was eventually escorted out by security guards. But the next morning, he got into the house again and the battle resumed, Lutfi said. He cornered me in the kitchen, punched me in the solar plexus and threatened to kill me, Lutfi testified.
A lawyer for Spears said in opening statements that the father never physically assaulted Lutfi and merely touched him on the chest.