Spears fights with pal

January 29, 2008 1:08:54 PM PST
A distraught Britney Spears jumped out of her car Monday evening ? recorded by a pack of paparazzi ? to get away away from her friend and sometime manager Sam Lutfi who told ABC this week that she has "mental problems."

Spears' blowup with Lutfi left her sitting barefoot on a curb outside her home, sobbing and holding her little dog London while Lutfi continued to scream at her, according to Spears' paparazzo boyfriend Adnan Ghalib.

Ghalib said he rushed to Spears' home when she tearfully called him for help, pleading, "Baby, can you come pick me up?"

Ghalib said he was denied entrance at the gate to Spears' house, however, and calls to her many cell phones went unanswered. The photog said on the Web site of his employer, photo agency FinalPixx, that "Britney is safe with paparazzi photographer Felipe from Fame at the moment."

Felipe was not immediately identified, but apparently is another member of the paparazzi whom Spears considers a friend.


pears' latest public collapse started a frenzy of hurried arrivals and departures from her home amid speculation that her family is struggling to find a way to get her treatment.

The chaos erupted after Lutfi's revelation Monday that Spears has mental issues. Barbara Walters on "The View" paraphrased a statement Lutfi had sent to her about how Spears "has been to a psychiatrist."

"He said that Britney is suffering from what he describes as mental issues, which are treatable," Walters said. "He said that she has been to a psychiatrist and that she, I assume, is starting some kind of treatment. She's been having mood swings, she's been having trouble sleeping, and also she is in touch with her mother, because we had heard she wasn't, and her mother has been very supportive of whatever it is Britney is going to do."