Britney Spears’ former manager, Osama ‘Sam’ Lufti, has begun court proceedings against the X Factor judge and her mother. Lufti is suing Britney Spears for breach of contract and is also suing her mother, LYNNE SPEARS, for defamation, in her book Through The Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.

Sam Lufti is painting himself as a concerned friend, who tried to help Britney to get off of the drugs that were clearly destroying her, in the run-up to her ‘psychiatric’ period of 2008. Representatives for Britney and her parents, though are claiming that he “cut their daughter's phone line, hid her mobile phones and used the paparazzi as ‘henchmen’” according to a report from the BBC. During his time as Britney’s manager, Lufti would use sniffer dogs to search her home for drugs and once discovered a substance that Spears said was “probably crystal meth.”

He claims that he was used as a scapegoat to cover up her amphetamine use and is seeking a percentage of Britney Spears' net worth, saying that he signed a deal with her to act as her manager in exchange for 15% of her earnings. In 2008, Britney’s mental health took a turn for the worse. Her father became a conservator of Britney’s estate and a restraining order was placed against Osama Lufti. The trial will resume in Los Angeles today (October 19, 2012), when Spears’ parents’ attorneys will make their opening statements.