Monday, September 17, 2007

Tony Barretto Alleges Drug Use by Britney

Video: Gloria Allred speaks to the press
Video: Britney with Tony - April 26, 2007

Tony Barretto, a former bodyguard for Britney Spears, filed a declaration in the Britney Spears/Kevin Federline custody battle which alleges "nudity, drug use and safety issues post-rehab."

Gloria Allred, Barretto's attorney, said in a press conference today that Brit's former hired muscle was prepared to testify under oath today, but that neither the court nor Britney's attorneys chose to cross-examine him. She said his declaration went "unrefuted and unchallenged."

Barretto started working for Britney when she got out of rehab, and was fired on May 17 because, said Allred, "He did not hear her when he was asked to pick up her hat."

Barretto, himself the father of young children, came forward, Allred says, because while working for Britney, he became "very concerned" about the safety of her two boys. Allred also said that she has spoken to County Counsel for Child Protective Services about Barretto's concerns.


Mystery Witness Revealed, Claims Concern for Brit's Kids
Monday September 17, 2007

Attorney Gloria Allred has produced her mystery witness in the Federline v. Spears custody case, a former Brit bodyguard, Tony Barretto.

Allred and Barretto held a press conference moments ago outside of a Los Angeles courtroom where they appeared today to see if Barretto would testify in the former couple's custody battle.

Allred told reporters:

"Today we came to court with a key and secret witness in the Britney Spears/Kevin Federline custody battle. Our client's name is Tony Barretto. He was employed as a bodyguard for Ms. Spears from the time she came out of rehab until May 17th. During that time he was in her home on a full time basis, drove Ms. Spears to various appointments and observed her behavior inside of her home, outside of her home and around her children."

"During that time he became very concerned about the children and their safety. Though he was reluctant to come forward amd become embroiled in her custody dispute he decided to do so because of his concern about the safety and well being of the children. He is a father of young children himself."

"We are shocked that Ms. Spears' attorneys chose not to cross examine our client as to the substance of his declaration. Our client was prepared to testify on issues of nudity by Ms Spears, drug use and safety issues involving the children post rehab."

Earlier today, Spears' attorney Laura Wasser filed papers with the court to remove herself from the case. Marci Levine will represent Spears moving forward in her custody battle with ex Federline.


Former Britney Spears Bodyguard Alleges 'Drug Use'
By Ken Lee and Howard Breuer

A former Britney Spears bodyguard was the much-hyped "secret witness" in her custody battle with Kevin Federline on Monday.

Tony Barretto, 28, was prepared to testify about "issues of nudity by Ms. Spears, drug use and safety issues involving the children" that he witnessed as her bodyguard before she fired him on May 17, says Barretto's attorney, Gloria Allred, who brought him to court. Instead of testifying, his written allegations were entered into court as evidence.

Spears's lawyer, Laura Wasser strongly denied allegations of drug use by Spears. "He isn't a credible witness," said attorney Wasser after a two-hour closed-door hearing on Monday.

The hearing, meanwhile, was the last for Wasser, who stated she's officially stepping aside as Spears's attorney. Spears's new lawyer will be Marci Levine. "Britney will be in excellent hands" with Levine, Wasser said.

"I don't want anyone to perceive that we're dumping Britney," Wasser added. "In a lot of attorney-client relationships, there comes a time when some fresh blood is necessary."

Wasser also confirmed that Spears and Federline's current 50-50 custody arrangement for Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, will remain in effect for now.

Federline, 29, is seeking primary physical custody of the couple's two children.

Sources close to Federline have repeatedly denied that the former backup dancer is motivated by money, though the more custody time he has with the kids, the more child support payments he could receive.

Court documents released Aug. 30 show that Spears's income is $737,868 a month, while Federline has no "net income after business expenses," and his spousal support of $20,000 a month ends in November.

According to Wasser, many of the pop star's associates have already been deposed after being issued subpoenas to testify about Spears's parenting skills.

Federline's lawyer, Mark Vicent Kaplan, has stated that his next legal moves depend on what information he gathers against Spears in those depositions.

At the last hearing on Sept. 4, it was revealed that Spears has been cleared of recent complaints to child welfare workers.


Gloria Allred (Tony Barretto's attorney):

Laura Wasser (Britney Spears' former attorney):

Mark Vincent Kaplan (Kevin Federline's attorney):



Anonymous said...

Fatass bastard is mad cause he got fired. If he was so concerned his fatass should've put down the donuts and told someone. All this happened in the beginning of this year? Nice job in waiting till September to tell someone you fat fuck. What if Kevin didn't file for custody? Would you have say something? I don't think so. That's why no one took him seriously and cross examined his worthless ass.

Anonymous said...

As someone else said, he could have signed a confidentiality agreement and didn't want to get sued. Glad he put the kids first in the end.

Anonymous said...

I love how they held a press conference after a two-hour closed court hearing... fame-wanting whores.

For the children's sake they should have kept things private. No one needs to know the potential dirty details besides the judge.

Anonymous said...

There is an article up on that has a statement from Britney's lawyer saying he isn't a credible witness.

The main thing that bothers me about this and should bother Kevin and Britney is that an outside party(Allred) invaded their custody battle and is giving all the details to the press. For the most part Wasser and Kaplan have kept quiet about the court on goings and then bam this lady comes in and is giving press conferences right after. It would have been obvious if Britney did do something if Kevin got more custody and it's really no one's business.

Also, if this guy was even remotely credible why he didn't go to Kaplan in the first place and went to a known fame loving attorney who was no way related to this guy instead.

Anonymous said...

Laura Wasser is a good attorney, and it is her job to make this look like nothing. I don't know how much this is going to affect the case, but with DCFS involved and the allegations made, it doesn't sound like nothing.

Laura Wasser also made the DCFS investigation sound like it was all but closed, but they did show up at this hearing, so it doesn't sound like that was nothing either.

It's unfortunate for Britney that she's losing Laura as an attoney.

Anonymous said...

Laura Wasser is a fucking idiot.

Her prenup was next to worthless, leaving Britney exposed to KFag's extortion attempts. It never addressed child support issues, or imposed financial limits. Laura Wasser labeled the prenup "iron clad"... I guess forgot about rust.

Anonymous said...

^ DCFS had to be in court because of the new allegations. As they haven't opened a new investigation into the drug use or the unsafe practices...I'd say it is pretty safe to assume that the last (and most recent) investigation takes care of all that.

If DCFS hasn't found corroborating evidence in its investigations than it remains nothing more than unfounded speculation!

Anonymous said...

Britney sure has a talent for picking useless assholes:

1) KFed
2) Fatass bodyguard
3) Laura Wasser