Washington: Britney Spears’ former manager Sam Lutfi has claimed that the singer’s dad once threatened to kill him.
Lutfi, who is suing Spears’ parents for defamation, testified Wednesday while they watched from across the courtroom.
He described a scene of domestic warfare with the singer’s father chasing him around a kitchen, punching him and threatening his life.
He denied accusations made in a book by Lynne Spears that he was a Svengali who took over her daughter’s life.
Lutfi told of days leading to Spears’ hospitalization at a psychiatric unit, and jurors saw a video of the popstar ordering him around outside her home hours before she was taken away.
She was demanding that he let her drive her car and told him to get in the passenger seat. The scene outside her home was surreal, with TV lights and paparazzi surrounding her.
Lutfi said Spears feared her father Jamie, and fled her home when she heard he was coming.
Lutfi also said that the dad confronted him twice and punched him on the second visit.
“Jamie came barging into the house. He lunged at me and chased me around the kitchen island,” Fox News quoted him as saying.
“He was spitting, yelling, shouting at me, and said I had hurt his daughter and he was going to beat the hell out of me and I’d better get out of the house,” he said.
After 10 minutes, he said, Jamie was escorted out by security guards, but the next morning, he got into the house again and the battle resumed.
“He cornered me in the kitchen, punched me in the solar plexus and threatened to kill me,” he said.