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Stay away from Britney - judge

A JUDGE has ordered Britney Spears' former manager and a lawyer to stay away from the singer for the next three years.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aviva Bobb issued her ruling after hearing testimony from the men and lawyers for Spears' father, Jamie, who controls her affairs.

Bobb ordered Osama "Sam" Lutfi and attorney Jon Eardley to stay away from the 27-year-old and to not contact, threaten or try to act on her or her sons' behalf.

Lawyers for Lutfi and Eardley said they would appeal, saying the hearing didn't prove the singer suffered substantial emotional distress as a result of the men's actions.

Lutfi's attorney, Bryan Freedman, said evidence instead pointed to Spears asking his client for help. "Never before in the history of the world has a restraining order been issued against someone who merely responded to cries for help," Freedman said.

Jamie Spears and his lawyers had petitioned for lengthy restraining orders, arguing that the pair were conspiring along with Adnan Ghalib to undermine Britney's father's conservatorship. Bobb last month issued a three-year restraining order against Ghalib, Britney's former boyfriend.

The singer, who is on tour, did not appear at the hearings, despite repeated requests by Lutfi and Eardley's lawyers to have the singer testify in person.


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