Thursday, October 04, 2007

Dr. Phil discusses Kevin/Britney custody today

Show summary and video clips at

On today's Dr. Phil:

Britney Spears has quickly gone from pop sensation to mother in crisis — with her wild ride playing out in the tabloids and on TV. She’s been photographed at Hollywood hotspots with Paris Hilton, partying without panties, impulsively shaving her head, raging at a car with an umbrella, spending a month in rehab and driving with her kids on her lap and without a valid state diver’s license. Last month, a judge ordered the singer to comply with a list of orders so that she could maintain custody of her children. In recent weeks, Spears continued her happy-go-lucky ways, and failed to comply with the judge's orders. At noon yesterday, the pop star handed over her children to their father, Kevin Federline.

Dr. Phil takes you behind the headlines of the many sides of the Britney Spears custody saga. What really happened to push the court over the line to have a judge say, ‘Enough is enough’? See what Kevin Federline’s attorney says moments after he leaves the courtroom, and celebrity family attorney, Neal Hersh, and Lisa Bloom from Court TV weigh in. Then, Britney’s former bodyguard, Tony Barretto, joins the show with his attorney, Gloria Allred. He describes what he witnessed Britney doing in front of her boys, and why it made him fear for their lives. And, the fall of the pop princess has been chronicled on TV and on the covers of many magazines. Editor-in-Chief of US Weekly, Janice Min, and Entertainment Tonight’s Mark Steines, who have been closely following Britney’s meltdown, join the discussion. Plus, the paparazzi follow the pop star’s every move. Find out which photograph was worth $300,000. Where is Britney mentally at this point? Is she a suicide risk? Dr. Phil discusses the three steps Britney must take to get her children back.

Quotes from guests:

Neal Hersh - Family Law Attorney: "I think the lesson to be learned from this is that Britney is, most likely, not taking advice from her counsel ... She believes that she is above the law, can do what she wants when she wants, and this judge finally said, ‘That’s enough.’ For her not to be in court today … was a very, very big mistake.”

Lisa Bloom - Anchor and Commentator, Court TV News: “This is why she lost custody of the kids to begin with. She violated the first rule of litigation: Do not mess with the judge and the judge’s order.”

Britney's former bodyguard Tony Barretto and his attorney, Gloria Allred:
“It was scary. I remember myself, my partner, her assistant were all in the SUV following her, and we were yelling and screaming."
--Tony Barretto, on witnessing Britney driving on the wrong side of the road with her two sons in the car.
“He’s come forward. He’s speaking out because he wants the court … he wants the public to know what her behavior was so that hopefully someone will help Britney."
--Gloria Allred

Mark Steines - Co-Anchor Entertainment Tonight: “Somebody who has supported her through all of is — who stood by through the rehab, who has been there helping her with the kids — is now, it appears, to have abandoned her as well.”
--on Britney’s long-time ally, Alli Simms

Janice Min - Editor-in-Chief, US Weekly: “She’s lacking a certain level of mental competence, right now, that lets any of this sink in.”

Steve - Paparazzo, X17 Celebrity Photos: “I think it’s a love/hate thing. Britney definitely loves the paparazzi. I think she thrives on the attention.”

Brandy Navarre - Vice President X17 Celebrity Photos: “Scandal sells.”



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