Brit Heads Home, No Ruling by Judge
Posted Oct 26th 2007 7:53PM by TMZ Staff
Britney Spears has left the courtroom, escorted by her attorneys and several Sheriff's deputies. She looked extremely upset. Kevin also walked out with his attorney, but looked very happy.
Testimony was given by both parties, the judge took the case under submission, but issued no ruling.
K-Fed's attorney spoke to reporters after the hearing, and told the group that the court will issue a written ruling sometime Monday or Tuesday.
Still No Ruling in Britney and Kevin's Custody Fight
Friday October 26, 2007
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline faced off in court Friday, but the verdict is still out on whether Britney will get joint custody back.
After a lengthy hearing, during which a visibly upset Spears took three bathroom breaks, Commissioner Scott L. Gordon made no ruling regarding the custody arrangement of their sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1.
Los Angeles Superior Court spokesperson Meredith Pierce said of Friday's proceedings: "Custody issues were discussed. The judge took it under submission and a ruling is forthcoming no sooner than Monday."
"The court will issue a written ruling either Monday or Tuesday," said Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan. "The court heard many exparte motions and a continued order to modify custody. I do believe the order that the court will issue on Monday will be modified by the various expartes. I am not going to speculate what that order may be." (An "exparte" hearing is when one party requests a hearing.)
Kaplan made it clear that his client still has custody, saying, "Mr. Federline has custody of the kids this weekend, but the court did allow [Spears] to spend some time with the kids."
Spears, who cursed at an Usmagazine.com reporter during a break in Friday's custody hearing, continued to be in a foul mood after the court recessed. Us spotted Spears speeding away from the courthouse in her Mercedes and almost crashing into a bus.
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline Reunite in Court
FRIDAY OCTOBER 26, 2007 08:25 PM EDT
By Ken Lee and Alexis Chiu
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline appeared together Friday for a three-hour custody hearing behind closed doors – the first courtroom face-off for the former couple.
Spears took three bathroom breaks during the hearing, with her mood souring as the day wore on. At an early break, she told reporters, "Everything's great," but at a later break she cursed at a reporter asking how she was, saying, "Snort it, f--- it."
Federline's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, was asked after the hearing if it was contentious. "When I'm there, it's always contentious," he quipped.
The session ended with Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon making no ruling.
"There was testimony given by both parties," says court rep Meredith Pierce, "but Commissioner Gordon did not make a ruling today. He took the case under submission, meaning he'll consider both sides and will craft a new court order."
Spears's attorney, Sorrell Trope, said he was "absolutely satisfied" with the court session, and noted that Spears would continue to have overnight visitations with her sons.
"I left with a favorable feeling," he said.
The next hearing is Nov. 26.
The singer and her ex-husband both arrived at the courthouse amid a media frenzy earlier in the afternoon.
Spears, who drove up in her white Mercedes-Benz along with longtime friend Alli Sims, wore a long-sleeved dress and sunglasses. Spears, who came through security at around 1:40 p.m., followed by most of her legal team, smiled slightly and ignored questions as she walked into the courtroom.
Five minutes later, Federline arrived decked out in a dapper gray suit and sporting close-cropped hair and diamond studs in each ear. He silently made his way into the courtroom with his attorney.
Inside the courtroom, Federline took a seat and discreetly glanced over to his right where Spears was seated. She, however, kept her arms folded in front of her, and never turned to look at her ex.
After the judge entered the courtroom, both Spears and Federline stood simultaneously and were sworn in. When asked to state her name, Spears replied quietly, "Britney." Federline stated his full name.
Reporters then had to leave the hearing.
The Ongoing Battle
For now, Federline retains physical custody of sons Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. Spears has monitored visitation rights, and one overnight per week with her children.
The judge is not expected to reinstate the 50-50 custody arrangement that was in place before Spears was stripped of custody and allowed only visitation.