New Criminal Investigation in Britney Fight
Posted Aug 28th 2007 12:18PM by TMZ Staff
TMZ has learned there's an official criminal investigation in the Britney Spears custody saga -- but it doesn't involve Britney or K-Fed.
Last night, at 6:09 PM, LAPD officers responded to a street in Venice, Calif. Aaron Cohen, a former member of the Israeli militia -- attempted to serve a subpoena in the custody case. Cohen, who works for K-Fed's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, spotted Sam Osama Lufti, who may have some association with Spears, but we don't know exactly what.
TMZ has learned, according to the police report, Lufti recognized Cohen and then gunned his Silver Mercedes SL, smashing into Cohen's Buick. We're told Lufti then reportedly smashed into a Range Rover.
LAPD sources say they are investigating. We're told Lufti is the suspect, and the allegation on the table is assault with a deadly weapon with a vehicle.
Police Investigating Britney Subpoena Run-In
TUESDAY AUGUST 28, 2007 04:00 PM EDT
By Ken Lee
Police are investigating a car-ramming incident that occurred Monday night when Kevin Federline's legal team tried to subpoena Sam Lufti, a long-time friend of Britney Spears.
Aaron Cohen – the former Israeli commando who previously served Spears's assistant Alli Sims, among others – attempted to serve papers near Lufti's Los Angeles home.
According to one version of events from Federline's camp, Lufti apparently became alarmed, and repeatedly rammed his silver Mercedes-Benz SL500 into Cohen's black Range Rover and his assistant's Buick Park Avenue. The impact caused at least one tire on Cohen's Range Rover to pop.
However, Lufti tells PEOPLE that he was "surrounded by three cars and was hit from the front, back and right side of my car. If I did hit anyone, it would have been in self-defense. I was just trying to get to the police."
The incident "is being investigated as an assault with a deadly weapon with a vehicle," says Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez. "Detectives are still looking into the case."
Cohen had no comment at the scene.
This was the latest of several subpoena attempts by Federline's legal team, headed by attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan. Sims, Spears's former assistant Shannon Funk, bodyguard Daimon Shippen and an executive administrator from the Promises rehab facility have all been served.
Federline vs. Spears Case Takes Violent Turn
Tuesday August 28, 2007
Kevin Federline and Britney Spears aren't the only ones clashing in their custody case.
Usmagazine.com has learned that Federline's subpoena-serving attack on Spears' inner circle took a violent turn Monday night when Aaron Cohen, a process server for K-Fed's lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan, attempted to serve a subpoena to Spears pal Sam Lufti, only to have his car rammed into by Lufti himself. A source tells Us that Lufti, seeking to avoid being served, spotted Cohen's parked car and drove into it before leaving the scene.
The L.A. Police Department confirms to Us, "On Aug. 27 at about 6PM, the LAPD received a radio call of a traffic collision in the area of Beethoven and Venice Blvd. in the Mar Vista Area of Los Angeles. Upon officers arrival, an investigation revealed that an Assault with a Deadly Weapon (with a vehicle) occurred. A police report was taken and the suspect was a male, driving a Silver Mercedes SL500. Pacific Division Detectives are handling the case and an investigation is ongoing."
There have been no arrests made yet in the case.
Meanwhile, a man identified only as “Sam" and described by Britney Spears fan site BreatheHeavy.com as “an all around good guy and friend to Britney” has claimed that it was Aaron Cohen who initiated last night’s violence. In a video recorded by x17, he says, “We were just on our way home, and right before I pulled into my driveway, I was surrounded by three of their cars. From the rear, from the side, from the front, the car in the front rammed into me, the car in the back hit, the car in the side scraped...the damage on the car speaks for itself.”
He added, "I was afraid for my safety."
Still, a source close to the case attempts to cast doubt on “Sam’s” story, telling Usmagazine.com, "Whomever [the subpoena] was for, if they had nothing to hide, why not just allow yourself to be served and go to court to speak the truth. What exactly are they hiding?”