Thursday, October 18, 2007

Britney Loses Visitation

Los Angeles (E! Online) - Britney Spears' visitation rights had about as much staying power as her latest single.

The beleaguered singer suffered a major setback in her ongoing custody case with Kevin Federline, with the court commissioner rescinding her visits with sons Sean Preston and Jayden James effective immediately.

"Petitioner's visitation with the minor children is suspended pending Petitioner's compliance with the court orders," said Court Commissioner Scott Gordon.

In particular, the commissioner says he's waiting for a report from the court-sanctioned parenting coach.

Gordon dropped the hammer order during an emergency hearing Wednesday at Los Angeles Superior Court, taking away the privilege extended to the star last week of overnight visits with her boys.

The ruling came during an hourlong closed-door session, but was not made public until Thursday morning.

Neither Spears nor Federline appeared for Wednesday's summit, and their respective lawyers declined to discuss the proceedings upon exiting the courtroom.

"I can't comment," said Federline's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan.

Spears, 25, and Federline, 29, and their legal crews are due back in court Oct. 26, when the parenting coach's report is due.

Earlier this month, Gordon temporarily stripped Spears of physical custody of sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, and laid out several terms she must comply with, including random drug testing, counseling and completion of her California driver's licensing.

She passed two drug tests and got her license. Last week, she appeared before Gordon for the first time and made a personal appeal for increased visitation. The commissioner, with an okay from Kaplan, eased up on his restrictions and allowed her one overnight visit per week with the children, provided a court-appointed monitor is present.

Spears' hardworking legal team was also earning its paycheck earlier this week on another of the beleaguered pop star's pending court cases.

On Monday night, the "Gimme More" singer turned herself in at the Van Nuys police station to be booked on two misdemeanors stemming from an August hit-and-run. Accompanied by attorney Michael Flanagan, producer pal Sam Lufti and a loyal flock of paparazzi, Spears was fingerprinted, photographed and released.


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