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Pop singer Britney Spears was released from a psychiatric ward at the UCLA Medical Center today after nearly a week of treatment. It was unclear where she was going, but sources said she might head to one of her homes before seeking additional treatment. Unlike the spectacle surrounding her trip to the Westwood medical facility last week, she slipped out with relatively little fanfare. A private security detail escorted her in contrast to last week when more than a dozen Los Angeles police officers escorted Spears to the hospital via motorcade. The LAPD said they took that step after increasingly aggressive tactics by paparazzi have forced them to take costly precautions. Authorities said she was headed home before seeking additional treatments. [Source]
TMZ has the deets on how this all went down:
TMZ has learned UCLA doctors determined Britney did not pose the legal danger to herself or to others, such that they could continue to hold her against her will. As a result, she was released today and we're told she's already back home. The conservatorship is still in place. Sources connected with the case say they anticipated that UCLA would probably release her before the 14-day extension because she became cooperative and relatively stable. We're told the goal with Brit's mom and dad was to establish the conservatorship while she was hospitalized so she would return home to a controlled environment rather than the chaos that consumed her life. [Source]
And to this I say, WTF? I guess we'll see what happens next. My hope is that, at some point, Britney Spears will fall off the face of the Earth and enter a serious treatment facility in the middle of nowhere, away from prying eyes.