He’s been described as the Svengali to her unwilling Trilby.
Now, as she continues to soar with her fruitful Vegas residency, Britney Spears has learned that a jury is to decide if her former manager Sam Lufti is owed commissions.
More on Brit’s old (or new) legal drama below…
The pair met in 2007 when Lufti worked as a consultant at a gas station business, and eventually became so close that he accompanied her to a meeting with record executives and began to assist her in making a number of career-related decisions.
He claims they came to an agreement which would see him take %15 of her earnings ($800,000 a month at the time) if she agreed to stop taking drugs and sign an artist-management contract he’d found online.
Unfortunately for him, the intervention of her parents (who believed he was drugging and taking advantage of their troubled daughter) saw their relationship come to a screeching halt, seeing their alleged agreement thrown out of the window.
Lutfi still felt the management contract was breached and that he had performed services until late January 2008, and in response to the claim, attorneys for Lynn and the conservators argued that the oral contract accepted wasn’t enforceable. The defendants pointed to shifting positions about what was allegedly agreed to and the timing of the alleged deal. Lutfi countered that not every term and condition needed to be set forth.
“We must determine whether Sam’s inconsistent testimony as to the start date, the right to terminate, and calculation of his fees shows insufficient clarity of material terms to enforce the alleged contract as a matter of law,” writes appeals court judge Victoria Chavez. “We find that it does not. As set forth above, it is a factual question for the jury to determine whether an oral contract was formed between Sam and Britney, and if so, to interpret the material terms of that contract.”
The judge adds that variance as to dates and terms “do not fundamentally undermine his claim,” adding, “No miscarriage of justice results from permitting a jury to hear and resolve conflicts in evidence about the dates or terms of any such contract.”
A second argument that Lutfi hadn’t shown a meeting of the minds to support a valid contract — as Britney was allegedly under undue influence — can’t stave off another trial either.
“The conservators were required to prove that Sam actively participated in soliciting Britney’s offer to be her manager,” writes Chavez. “Under Sam’s version of the facts, he did no such thing. In addition, the conservators were required to prove that Sam unduly benefitted from the contract. The facts are certainly in conflict on this point. According to Sam, he is owed the standard percentage for management services that he performed during the time in question.”
The contract claim will now head back to the trial court for more proceedings as will an assault claim arising from an allegation that at one point during the feud, Britney’s father,James, punched the ex-manager with accusations of hurting his family.
The mess that is Brittany Sprears sigh
WTF is a gas station consultant??? Clearly she was not in her right mind when she agreed to the contract with this neardowell.
That guy was such a greedy leech, I hate snakes in the grass….
Damn Girl your on everypost chill a bit or better go buy I flop Is it still in the top 20 iTunes???
Glad that you recognize my presence, I hope I enter your dreams when your sleep if your that bothered….
Ugh! It’s the influence of that bleached w***** of a mother.
He took advantage of her at a time she was most vulnerable. Britney doesn’t owe him shitt. He needs to grow some balls and learn how to hustle like a man. Not leech off other people’s children.
Sam is such a leech, ugh I can’t with the people she surrounded herself with in ’07. You did nothing for her professionally yet you want paid based on a technicality printed in a contract she only agreed to because she was mentally ill and under the influence of (probably) several drugs? Get a job and get off her D tbh. #CoupleWetWipesCaseABumTrynnaTouchMeEw
I just read the quote again and realized I wasn’t paying attention the first time around – so this wasn’t even a written contract? It’s an oral contract AKA the type of contract people fight over in Judge Judy’s small claims court? Pahahaha! Bye Felicia! Were you recording audio when you made this imaginary verbal agreement with Britney? I’m guessing you were too busy trying to convince her to do meth with you for that huh? Also, it’s shady AF that he apparently isn’t bothering to discuss every term and condition of his non-existent management contract. So just the parts that should, in your dumbass theory, get you coins matter? The part where you’re literally a pathetic excuse for a human being with no moral conduct who blackmailed and manipulated an unstable single mother for money doesn’t matter? Nah let’s just skip to the coins. Good luck with that & see you at MacDonald’s.
Aargh this snake is coming into Britney’s life. Someone just finished off.
Her parents drugged her? This is an extremely sick story. Damn I wish they’d let her live her life away from this industry.
I agree. She deserves a normal life with her kids, like her sister.
That may not happen tho. Britney appears to be everyone around her personal ATM.
is that $hitney or Sue from Glee?
Is that beyonafide or Tina at 45… No shade
gwooooooorl is the drug smuggling business that slow today?
FFS the fug outta here and make enough money to buy fish for dinner, else the dustbin meal is yours to feast on tonight
This is so sad… I hate hearing what some have to go through
Wait so he’s crying over a word of mouth agreement?! FOH! LMAO! Anyway I think Brinni team should just pay this asshole and make him disappear forever. Like sign a contract that he gets 3 mill and if he ever attempts to even look at her in the future he gets sued right back!
Nah, he’s no match for their coins & lawyers so I don’t really see a reason to pay him off – he’s not a serious threat financially. What they ought to do is sue him for defamation of character, pain & suffering and blackmail among whatever else applies to this case and just destroy whatever little finances & belongings he has through the court system so that he learns a thing or two.
But wouldn’t she have to testify? She is still declared a ward of the state legally. Mentally incompetent.
Think you might have a point actually. Perhaps you’re right – just pay the leech off lol.
She looks very Heidi Klum in that photo
Funny he’s coming around again prob after seeing what she made in Las vegas he wants a piece of that change lol…but when he came in the picture she always looked strung out smh