Britney's Lawyer Reveals Reasons Behind Custody Ruling
Spears was accused of missing a drug/alcohol test and couldn't provide a driver's license, the attorney says
Britney Spears temporarily lost custody of her two sons because she was accused of not taking a random drug and alcohol test and she couldn’t provide a California driver’s license, her lawyer tells PEOPLE.
L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon didn’t outline his reasons in the written ruling, but Spears’s attorney, Sorrell Trope, says, “We weren’t able to prove compliance with what the judge ordered.”
“Specifically,” Trope says, “the judge ordered that by 10 a.m. (Monday) morning, both parties show valid California driving licenses. I’ve been unable to produce evidence of that.”
Later Monday, after handing over her sons to a bodyguard of Federline’s, Spears applied for a California driver’s license in Van Nuys.
Spears, 25, has been charged with misdemeanor driving without a valid license and hit-and-run following a fender-bender in a store parking lot on Aug. 6.
Britney’s Drug-Test Issue
Trope says another reason behind the judge’s temporary custody ruling “was a claim by Mr. Federline’s attorney that she had not complied with a previous order the court had made – before I came on board (as lawyer) – about having a random drug and alcohol test.”
Trope adds: “There’s no evidence that she actually failed a test.”
However, the courts see the failure to take a test as the same thing as not passing the test.
Another hearing is set for Wednesday.
Federline’s attorney declined to comment in detail on the court proceeding. But a source close to Federline says he was “thrilled” after receiving news of the temporary custody change.
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