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Taking the stand in an L.A. courtroom on Oct. 26, Lynne Spears blasted her daughter Britney’s self-proclaimed former manager Sam Lutfi as a “predator.” “He wanted to take over her life,” she said in testimony for the ongoing trial in which Lutfi is suing Lynne for defaming him in her 2008 book Through the Storm and asking for management fees. “He wanted her life to be his life. And with all the paparazzi, that made him a predator because they were all over her. They were in her house. She had no privacy.” Lynne, who wept during opening arguments, calmly stood by her statement that on Jan. 28, 2008-just days before the singer’s second forced hospitalization-Lutfi, 38, told her that he “grinds up Britney’s pills… and puts them in her food.” Asked by Lutfi’s attorney if she ever witnessed Lutfi disabling Britney’s cars, as she also states in her book, Lynne replied indignantly, “Sam told me himself!”
It was one of many explosive moments in the trial, during which Lutfi has claimed that Britney slept in her car after temporarily losing custody of her sons Preston, 7, and Jayden, 6, and that Spears’s dad, Jamie (whom he is also suing), punched him in the chest. The trial will last for several more weeks, even as the 30-year-old pop star faces a new challenge: judging her first live episodes of The X Factor beginning Nov. 1. With support from her fiance, Jason Trawick, 40, “she’s doing just fine,” says a source. “She’s liking the show, but she’s happier when she’s at home hanging out with the kids.”
J.LO & CASPER
ONE YEAR TOGETHER!
She calls him “Bear.” He calls her “Lil Bear.” And whatever you want to call the romance between Jennifer Lopez, 43, and her buff backup dancer Casper Smart, 25, if their gushing one-year anniversary tweets are any measure, their love affair is hotter than ever. “BEAUcasperSMART BEAR!!!! Today is OUR’s!!” the singer tweeted to him on Oct. 25, a year after they started dating. “Thank you for sharing your beautiful smile with me everyday!#Special day#Love!” Smart, who’s currently accompanying Lopez on her world tour, then tweeted: “Happy 1 yr. anniversary to the most Gorgeous, Kind, Sweet, Funny, Beautiful Lil Bear in the world…Love Bear.” While Lopez’s divorce from third husband, Marc Anthony, isn’t finalized yet, a source close to Lopez says she’d like to have a baby with Smart once the tour wraps in December. Could that mean a little cub in their future?
HER LYRICS, DECODED!
IT’S EVERYONE’S FAVORITE PARLOR GAME: THE FULL DOSSIER ON HER ODES TO HER EXES
Relationship History: Swift, 22, dated the Jonas Brother, 23, from ’07 to ’08.
Likely Songs: “Forever and Always,” “Better than Revenge.”
Supporting Clues: Swift herself! She admitted on Ellen in ’10 that “Forever” was about Jonas. “Better than Revenge,” meanwhile, refers to “an actress” who stole Swift’s guy: Jonas started dating movie star Camilla Belle right after Swift.
Relationship History: In ’10 Swift went on latte dates with the actor, 31.
Likely Songs: “Red,” “State of Grace,” “All Too Well,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”-call Red the Jake album.
Supporting Clues: Songs refer to “twin fire signs” (both are Sagittariuses), the ex’s love of indie music (he’s a fan), leaving a scarf at his sister’s (Maggie!). The liner-notes code word for “Well”? Maple Lattes.
Relationship History: Their summer romance ended not long after Kennedy, 18, went back to school in September.
Likely Song: “Everything Has Changed” on her new album, Red, celebrates the start of a romance.
Supporting Clues: “Hyiannisport” (sic) is spelled out in capital letters in the liner notes. On her next disc, will there be a song about the leaves changing in Massachusetts?
Relationship History: The pair were on and off in ’09 to ’10 after collaborating on his song “Half of My Heart.”
Likely Song: “Dear John” was a no-brainer. But her new track “I Knew You Were Trouble” also strongly hints at the serial dater, 35.
Supporting Clues: Mayer’s dating history mirrors the “Trouble” ex, who “[gives] love” only to “take it away” and treats girls like a “notch in your belt.”
Relationship History: The singer dated the Twilight star, 20, in late ’09 after meeting on the set of Valentine’s Day.
Likely Song: “Back to December.”
Supporting Clues: The tune refers to a guy’s “tan skin” and “sweet smile” (just like Lautner!), and Swift apologizes for breaking up with him in December (which is when things ended for the pair).
WHO’S AFRAID OF MOM JEANS?
HI THERE, HI-RISES! TRENDSETTERS ROCK THE SOCCER-SIDELINE STAPLE
Miley Cyrus in Los Angeles.
Katharine McPhee in N.Y.C.
Chloe Sevigny in West Hollywood.
Noomi Rapace in London.
Victoria Beckham in N.Y.C.
ANYONE CAN HAVE A PERFUME NAMED AFTER THEM, BUT HOW ABOUT A SLIME-MOLD BEETLE?
The pop star lends her name to both a wasp and a genus of fern, some of which resemble her costumes during their bisexual reproductive stage.
This exceptionally fly horsefly was named for the golden hair found on its abdomen.
This bunny thrives in the southern U.S. marshes. But how does it do in the grotto?
Sylvilagus palustris hefneri
Take that, O’Reilly! The fake pundit has a real diving beetle named after him.
This trilobite went extinct millions of years ago, but it’s still planning a new tour.
Naming a slime-mold beetle species after the former VP was meant as an honor.
This frog prince’s name lauds Charles’s work to protect rain forests.
Looks like Michelle Williams and Jason Segel are one happy family. A source confirms to Scoop that the pair, both 32, who have been dating since the beginning of the year, are living together in a Brooklyn waterfront apartment along with Williams’s daughter Matilda, 7.
Gerard Butler, 42, isn’t hiding his affection for Romanian model-actress Madalina Ghenea, 25. The two, who reportedly met filming a razor ad, kissed in the rain on the French Riviera on Oct. 15.
Sometimes you gotta just punt: After only a few months, Eva Longoria, 37, and Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, 26, have “split amicably and remain friends,” an insider tells Scoop. “There is no drama.”
on the market $1.05 MILLION
ADAM SCOTT’S PAD!
The Parks and Recreation star, 39, is unloading his 2,100-sq.-ft., two-bedroom hillside abode, featuring a covered balcony and expansive views.