Larry Rudolph says he doesn't want to speak badly about his former client

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 27, 2007 01:00 PM

As an unscheduled hearing behind closed doors took place Monday morning in the custody battle between exes Kevin Federline and Britney Spears, her former manager, Larry Rudolph, got word out that he wants no part of their legal battle – for fear of what he possibly might have to reveal about Spears.

“He said he’s doing his best to hide from Kevin’s process server,” Ryan Seacrest, who was in contact with Rudolph over the weekend, said Monday on his KIIS-FM radio show. “He’s actually on the run. They are trying to track him down and serve him with a subpoena and they want him to appear and testify in the custody battle.”

Rudolph, who was relieved of his managerial duties by Spears earlier this year, “doesn’t want to be served because he said it won’t be good for Britney,” said Seacrest. “After all they have been through he is still loyal to her, and he doesn’t want to have to go under oath and talk about certain things that might hurt her.”

The battle for custody of Spears’s two children began on Aug. 8, when Federline’s lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan filed papers requesting primary physical custody of Sean Preston, 23 months, and Jayden James, 11 months. Among those served to testify so far by Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan are Promises Treatment Center, Spears’s former assistant Shannon Funk, bodyguard Daimon Shippen and pal Alli Sims.

Regarding his whereabouts, Rudolph would only reveal is that he is with his children. Furthermore, said Seacrest, the former manager wants it publicly known that he is avoiding being served the subpoena.

“There is obviously a reason why he wants [that information] out there,” said Seacrest. “Here is a guy who was with her from the beginning, watched her rise to massive success, was her dear friend and confidante, then was fired and now doesn’t want to have to speak in court, because he wants to be loyal to her. There’s another chapter to this.”