Friday, January 04, 2008

Code 5150: Get The Net! Britney's Meltdown '08

The news I feared I would eventually wake up to was what I actually woke up to this morning ... thankfully, the situation isn't as bad as my worst fears (thank ye Gods she is still alive) but it's pretty close to as bad as I feared. In short, what began as a custody dispute (when Britney Spears failed to hand over custody of her sons to ex-husband Kevin Federline at the appointed time) turned into a 3-alarm medical situation where helicopters lit up the night sky as Britney was strapped to a gurney, loaded into the back of an ambulance and was carted off to Cedars Sinai Hospital to undergo a psychological evaluation. I wish I could say I was shocked to hear this news ... sadly, I cannot. Last night, at approximately 8pm PT, Britney Spears started a chain-reaction of events that whipped up a scene of mayhem, confusion and, almost literally, insanity. Here is a short recap of the major events that went down yesterday. Earlier in the day Britney finally showed up to be deposed by K-Fed's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, albeit almost 2 hours late. After only about 13 minutes of actual deposing, after time ran out, Britney was excused and that was the end of that. Then at about 8pm PT, Britney was supposed to hand over custody of her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, to their father and she refused to do so. Police were called, EMT were dispatched ... and this is the point at which all hell broke loose as Britney was hauled away to the hospital after it was determined that she was "under the influence of an unknown substance":

Photo credit: Splash News

Pop star Britney Spears was taken to hospital for tests to see if she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs and for a psychological evaluation after police were called to her home Thursday night to mediate a custody dispute, a police spokesman said. Spears appeared to be conscious as she was rolled out of her Studio City home on a gurney about three hours after police and ambulances arrived there. According to The Associated Press, officers were called to Spears' house around 8 p.m. to respond to a custodial dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline over their sons, 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James, Officer Jason Lee of the Los Angeles Police Department said. By about 10:30 p.m., six police cars, two ambulances and a fire truck had entered the gated community that includes Spears' house. Several police cars were seen in the area earlier in the night. Spears turned over the children around 10:50 p.m., Lee said. The children were returned to Federline, who has primary legal custody of the two sons, a police spokesman said. Doctors at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles will decide whether to invoke a California law that allows a patient to be held for psychological evaluation for 72 hours, the police spokesman said. Aerial video provided by local television station helicopters showed Spears on a stretcher and surrounded by police and paramedics as it was rolled to an ambulance near her home. Spears appeared for a deposition in the case earlier Thursday, Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan told reporters during the day, according to the AP. She was deposed for 14 minutes, Kaplan said. Spears' attorneys, Trope and Trope, had filed a motion Wednesday asking to be relieved as her counsel due to a "breakdown" in communication with Spears. Yeah, this is but a short synopsis from CNN of the craziness that ensued last night. The folks at TMZ were at it all night long chronicling every new development as it occurred. New information is being reported all the time ... there are reports that Jayden James was also taken to the hospital but it's still unclear whether or not that is true and if so, for what reason -- UPDATE: It appears that perhaps the children were taken to the hospital as a precaution since K-Fed was allowed to take them home with him after Britney was hospitalized. The latest report is that K-Fed's attorney will be in court, bright and early today, to petition the court to strip Britney of all of her limited visitation rights -- and perhaps most surprisingly, the report claims that Britney's breakdown may have been caused by actual mental instability and not drug use: TMZ has learned K-Fed's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, will scurry to court this morning at 8:30 AM and ask the Commissioner to strip Brit of her visitation rights -- at least for now. We're told there may not be much of an argument and it's almost certain the Commish will see Kaplan's point. Attorney Tara Scott from the law firm of Trope and Trope will represent Brit -- awkward, since the firm has asked to withdraw as counsel. As we reported, Britney is at Cedars-Sinai on a "5150 hold," meaning there's evidence she's a danger to herself or others -- others as in her kids. Here's what's interesting. We've been reporting for several months now that Britney doesn't have a drug or alcohol problem -- that her instability is mental, not chemical. Well placed sources tell us what happened last night is not rooted in drugs, and that of late, her mental state has deteriorated to the point that what happened at her home was not unexpected. This may, at last, be the absolute last straw. This might be the final breaking point. [Source]

It's really hard for longtime fans to process any of this insane information. I know that I have been desperately trying to find the good in any of the crazy bad news that has been coming from Britney Spears and her erratic behavior over the past couple of years but, as is clear, it seems to have become impossible to see the positive side from any of this. If anything, perhaps this *may* be the rock bottom that will force Britney into a program of some sort that will help her get her life back in order. Even Jordan at, one of Britney's staunchest supporters, is at a loss:

Surely, there is much more to come from this still developing story ... I'll post this now and will return with the full day's post later on today. Stay tuned. [Source]