Britney's Dad Given Power To Fire Manager

(AP) A Superior Court commissioner gave Britney Spears' father the power to fire the singer's business manager, according to documents released.

Commissioner Reva Goetz also ordered Howard Grossman to turn over "all documents, records and assets relating to Britney Spears" to James Spears, who is the court-appointed conservator of his daughter and her estate.

Goetz issued her decision Friday after an emergency closed-door hearing requested a day earlier by James Spears. Grossman showed up at the hearing, but he and others were ordered to leave the courtroom.

Grossman would not say if he had been fired or how long he had worked for Spears.

"My reputation speaks for itself," he said, declining to comment further on the order because it would be speculative.

Meanwhile, attorneys who have represented Spears in her child custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline filed papers to withdraw from that case.

Attorney Sorrell Trope filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court asking to quit the case, said court spokeswoman Mary Hearn. Trope previously withdrew a similar request.

Spears' parents have moved aggressively to take control of their daughter's life since she was hospitalized in a psychiatric ward Jan. 31.

On the same day James Spears won conservator status last week, his wife, Lynne, successfully applied for a restraining order against Sam Lutfi, his daughter's frequent companion and sometimes manager.

Lynne Spears told the court that Lutfi had treated her daughter like a hostage in her own home, drugged her and took over her finances.

"Sam told me, 'You'd better learn that I control everything,"' Lynne Spears wrote in a declaration filed with the court. "'I control Howard Grossman, Britney's business manager. I control her attorneys and the security guards at the gate. They don't listen to Britney, they listen to me."'

Grossman said Friday that he had no association with Lutfi.

Spears' parents went to court Thursday after saying they feared their daughter's life was at risk after she was released from a hospital psychiatric ward on Wednesday.

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