Britney Spears claims she was ‘put on Lithium out of nowhere’ amid tour dispute

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Britney Spears claimed she was "put on lithium out of nowhere" when she did not want to go ahead with her second Las Vegas residency.

The American singer made the bombshell allegation while speaking in an open Los Angeles court hearing on Wednesday 23 June, about her ongoing conservatorship battle with her management and own father James Spears, for the first time.

The legal agreement was put in place in 2008 and means 68 year old Jamie and a team of lawyers are in control of her finances, work schedule and medical care.

However, the 39 year old has now claimed she was forced to go on her 31-date Piece of Me tour in 2018.


"My manager said if I don't do this tour, I would have to find an attorney, and my own management could sue me if I didn't follow through with the tour," she claimed during the remote video-link hearing.

Britney also said she was made to sign a piece of paper about the tour immediately after getting off stage during her first Las Vegas residency.

The star described the time as "threatening and scary" and told the court she "couldn't even get her own attorney" with the conservatorship in place.

Britney was then signed up for a second Las Vegas residency, for which she directed, choreographed and taught dancers the moves herself.

Speaking of the time, Britney said: "There's tons of videos with me at rehearsal. I wasn't good. I was great. I led a room of 16 new dancers and rehearsals.

"It's funny to hear my manager's side of the story. They all said I wasn't participating in rehearsals, and I never agreed to take my medication," she claimed of the preparations for her second Vegas stint, which was eventually cancelled.

"My medication is always taken in the mornings, they don't even see me."

The star added: "I take everything I do very seriously. There's tons of video with me at rehearsals. I wasn't good — I was great. I led a room of 16 new dancers in rehearsals."

Britney claimed she then had a disagreement with her team after saying no to a dance move, prompting them to go into a room for 45 minutes along with her managers and dancers.

"Ma'am, I'm not here to be anyone's slave. I can say no to a dance move," Britney added.

Britney went on to reveal there was a "week period" where her team were "nice" to her and told her that she didn't have to do the new Vegas show if she didn't want to.

However, she claims she confided to her assistant that she "felt weird saying no" to the show and feared that she would be "punished" for deciding not to perform.


Days later, Britney made the final decision to cancel the show, which led to her therapist receiving "a million phone calls" about how she had "not been cooperating and taking her medication".

"He immediately, the next day, put me on lithium, out of nowhere," Britney claimed. "He took me off my normal meds I've been on for five years.

"Lithium is very, very strong. It's a completely different medication to what I was used to," she continued.

"You can go mentally impaired if you take too much or stay on it longer than five months."

Britney explained that the drug gave her substantial side effects as she always "felt drunk" and "couldn't really looked after herself."

She added that she was paid a visit at her home by six different nurses for a month to ensure she was taking her medication. she "never wanted to be on to begin with".

Britney also claims wasn't allowed to go anywhere during that time period.

"Not only did my family not do a god damn thing, my dad was all for it. Anything that happened to me had to be approved by my dad and my dad only," Britney added.

During her twenty-minute speech, the star added that she wants to marry her boyfriend Sam Asghari and have a child together, but her conservators "won't allow it".

Following Britney's statement, her father Jamie spoke via a statement at the testimony. It read: "He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain. Mr Spears loves his daughter very much."

Judge Brenda Penny praised Britney for her courage after she spoke out, but said she will need to submit a petition to the court requesting the termination of the conservatorship.

After this, the next steps can be taken but currently no dates are set.

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