At 10:46 AM:
TMZ has learned attorney Gloria Allred is on her way to court to inject herself in the Britney Spears/K-Fed custody fight.
We're told Allred will inform the judge that she has a secret witness who wants to testify at the Sept. 17 hearing. Allred will tell the judge the witness is "intimidated" and concerned about revealing his/her identity (TMZ is told the person is a he).
Here's our take: Gloria's gonna be unceremoniously thrown out of court. We're told last Tuesday, K-Fed's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, also informed Judge Scott Gordon that he had a "secret" witness. Judge Gordon basically said, "We don't do secret witnesses." Do Gloria and Mark have the same "secret" witness? It sure feels that way.
Britney's lawyer, disso-queen Laura Wasser, told TMZ: "With all due respect to Ms. Allred, she's attempting to bring her own ring to what was already a three ring circus."
At 11:59 AM:
TMZ was in the courtroom just minutes ago when K-Fed's lawyer said the "secret witness" in the case is an employee of Britney's -- after she left rehab.
Dennis Wasser, who reps Spears, said, "Shame on Mr. Kaplan. How can he let this go on?" We're told Kaplan made a play for the witness last Tuesday, but was shut down by the judge.
Gloria Allred, who reps the witness, is about to address the court and explain why the judge should consider his testimony in the custody dispute.
Then the judge threw us out and made the proceeding itself secret!
At 12:37 PM:
Judge Scott Gordon shut down G-L-O-R-I-A's attempt to bring a "secret witness" into the custody fight between Britney and K-Fed.
The judge said the witness would only be considered if he files a written declaration and only if he reveals his identity, and maybe not even then.
The guy is someone who worked with Britney after she left rehab.
Allred told TMZ "It appears we hit a raw nerve with Miss Wasser, Britney Spears' attorney. We think she would like to prevent our client from testifying. Perhaps she has a sense of what he might say."