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Britney Spears has filed a restraining order against Sam Lutfi, the man who has described himself as her former manager, per court documents obtained by E! News and Entertainment Tonight.

According to the documents, Lutfi previously sent “threatening texts to Ms. Spears’ family, he has leaked confidential information and is considering releasing more of Ms. Spears (actual and fabricated) private information.”

Lutfi is also accused of posting negative comments about Spears on his social media accounts and encouraging his followers to take “vigilante action” to attempt to change the singer’s conservatorship, which was established in 2008 following Spears’ public meltdown that named her father, Jamie Spears, and lawyer Andrew Wallet, her permanent conservators of her affairs.

Lutfi’s Twitter account is filled with messages related to the #FreeBritney movement, which claims that Spears is being imprisoned or held against her will. The hashtag began to trend following Spears’ announcement that she was postponing her Domination Las Vegas residency and her album release to help her father recover from a life-threatening ruptured colon.

The filing claims that Lutfi has used his social media to coordinate “harassment indirectly on his behalf” by spreading misinformation about Spears and her team, “as well as offering bribes and threatening the release of private information.”

The Spears family has a long legal history with Lutfi, whom they claim in the suit was “falsely claiming to have been her manager” when he was in contact with Spears. Lutfi was associated with Spears before her public meltdown, and filed a lawsuit in 2009 against Spears’ mother for allegedly defaming him in her 2008 book, “Through The Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.”

If a judge grants Spears the temporary restraining order, Lutfi would be required to stay at least 200 yards away from Spears and her family. He would be forbidden from contacting the singer. 

USA TODAY has contacted Spears’ representatives for comment.

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