Britney has arrived at court with Alli Sims (usmagazine.com). She's wearing "a pair of Dior sunglasses, dark dress, white purse and her lucky cowgirl boots." Kevin has arrived as well. "He's wearing a suit and sunglasses." (tmz.com). X17 photogs say that Kevin Federline arrived in the backseat of his attorney's car at approximately 1:25pm PT. (x17online.com)
Here is what is expected go down at today's hearing according to usmagazine.com:
Spears' lawyer, Sorrell Trope, is likely to argue that the singer has complied with all court orders and should regain the 50-50 custody of sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, which she lost on October 1. (Court orders include undergoing twice-weekly random drug testing, as well as attending co-parenting sessions with ex Federline.)
At a hearing Friday morning, attorneys for both argued about the issue of Spears’ deposition — which will occur at a later hearing.
Federline’s attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, claimed that he has asked Spears’ attorneys several times to schedule the singer’s deposition. (Based on Spears' testimony, Kaplan is likely to argue that Federline deserves primary physical custody of the boys.)
L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon ordered both sides to meet and set a date, but said Spears’ testimony would not be videotaped.
Britney and K-Fed's Custody Hearing Underway
Posted Oct 26th 2007 4:47PM by TMZ Staff
Today's closed hearing has begun. All media -- including TMZ -- have been asked to leave the courtroom.
Before that happened, our observers noted that as K-Fed walked into the room, his eyes were on Britney the entire time. She, however, never looked at him.
A lawyer for the California Department of Children and Family Services is present as well.
Both Brit and Fed-Ex were sworn in by the court clerk.
One thing -- Britney's nails are bitten down and her red polish is extremely chipped. Girl ... get a mani!
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline Arrive in Court
By Ken Lee and Alexis Chiu
During a brief break from her custody hearing on Friday, Britney Spears told reporters that "everything's great" at the court appearance.
The singer and her ex-husband Kevin Federline both arrived at the courthouse amid a media frenzy earlier in the afternoon.
Spears, who arrived 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 Mark Vincent Kaplan.
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.
About an hour into the hearing, Spears exited courtroom with attorney Anne Kiley for a short break. Asked how the appearance was going, she replied, "Everything's great."
Inside Britney's Day In Court
At 1:40pm PT on Friday, Britney Spears walked into an L.A. courtroom to make her first appearance in the ongoing custody battle with Kevin Federline, wearing a very short blue dress, brown cowboy boots and Dior sunglasses and carrying her white Versace bag, kept her head down and, according to an onlooker, "seemed really nervous." And from the get-go, it was clear the former marrieds weren’t prepared to put their differences behind them any time soon.
“They barely looked at each other,” an eyewitness tells OK!. “They did exchange a couple of glances but there were not smiles. The rest of the time they were just looking straight ahead.”
The Toxic singer, who one witness tells OK!, "looks like she's got really bad acne and greasy extensions," removed her sunglasses only after sitting down at a table at the front of the courtroom. Britney, who had been smoking rapidly as she pulled up to court, “looked nervous” as she waited for proceedings to begin.
Kevin, wearing a snappy grey suit and tie, entered the courtroom five minutes later and thanked his security team, saying “Thank you, gentlemen.” The eyewitness tells OK! “Kevin was looking confident, more in control.”
Before the hearing, Brit's attorney kept leaning in and talking into her ear. All the while, she sipped water and at flipped through a datebook.
Britney and Kevin, positioned with his attorney at a table opposite his ex, both said “I do” when they were sworn in by a court clerk. “There was a lot of tension in the courtroom,” adds the eyewitness. “There’s a lot at stake for both sides.”
The press and members of the public were removed from the courtroom a short while later.
During the hearing, the court security blocked off the whole floor and wouldn't let anyone through, including Brit's friend and cousin Alli Sims and hanger-on Sam Lufti, who damaged two cars in the courthouse parking lot while attempting to block paparazzi from taking photos.
"Alli looked very worried," one witness tells OK!. "She was biting her nails and I heard her say to Sam, 'God, I hope she's okay.'"
After about an hour, the hearing broke for a short recess, during with Britney was escorted to the ladies' room by five sheriff's deputies.
At approximately 3:30pm PT, Britney, protected once more by a phalanx of courthouse guards, descended in the elevator for another break.
According to sources inside the courthouse, despite the fact that Brit first told reporters that "everything's great," she was later "bawling her eyes out" during one break from the proceedings and even shouted obscenities ("Eat it, snort it, lick it, f**k it!" according to witnesses) at reporters who asked how things were going.
Finally, after more than three hours of the hearing, Brit made her way out of the courthouse with her attorney and cousin Alli by her side.
"She's fantastic," Brit's attorney Anne Kiley told OK! immediately after the hearing ended. However, that statement goes against everything witnesses inside the courthouse have been saying. "She appeared to be crying," one tells OK!. "The tip of her nose was red and her cheeks were pink and puffy."
Meanwhile, Kevin appeared "calm and collected" following the end of court today.
It's not yet known what, if anything was decided in today's hearing.