Britney and K-Fed in courtroom showdown
TMZ says K-Fed's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, asked Court Commissioner Scott Gordon to have Spears' deposition to the court videotaped, because her mumbly, air-headed banter is important to ascertaining her personality.
We can buy that, but Brit's lawyer, Thomas Dunlap, countered that making a tape of that would hurt his client. Since there's been so many leaks to the media, Dunlap was afraid a tape of Britney would somehow find its way to the public (much like this report on the hearing).
The site says Gordon ruled in favor of Spears, so no tape of her snapping gum and playing with her hair while a judge asks her why she skipped out on coaching classes. But on to the main event ...
UPDATE: Here the AP's take on what happened:
LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears arrived in court giggling on Friday but was later heard swearing during a break in a closed hearing that ended with no decision on her bid for shared custody of her two young sons with Kevin Federline. The court was expected to issue a written ruling by Tuesday after extensive testimony was presented on a number of issues, lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan said.
Spears did not comment after the hearing. Earlier, she uttered an epithet when a reporter asked how the proceedings were going. (TMZ says she shouted "Eat it, lick it, snort it, f--- it!" when some hapless gossip miner asked her how she was doing.)
Attorney Sorrell Trope, who represents Spears, said "something has changed, but I can't say what." He said Spears was pleased, but he declined further comment.
Each parent will have a day with the boys this weekend, Kaplan said during a short news conference.
The three-hour hearing was held before Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon, who previously said there was evidence that Spears is a "habitual, frequent and continuous" user of drugs and alcohol.
He had withdrawn approval for her to even visit the children after finding she had failed to comply with some conditions for shared custody.
He later withdrew the ban and allowed her to visit Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1 — but only in the presence of a court-approved monitor.
Spears arrived at the courthouse eating cheese puffs in her white Mercedes-Benz convertible. She giggled when asked by reporters outside the courtroom if she was nervous.
Nervous? Why should she be nervous? It's not like her mom, Lynne Spears, is getting ready to publish a memoir of Brit Brit growing up called Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World, to be released on May 11, which is Mother's Day. Oh wait ...