Britney Spears taken away to mental hospital
Updated 5:36 p.m.: Citizens of Los Angeles are no doubt happy to hear a police motorcade that included nearly a dozen motorcycles, two cruisers and a pair of ghetto birds escorted young Britney Spears to UCLA Medical Center to "get help" early Thursday, the L.A. Times reports.
Yes, once again those of us in the Eastern time zone fall victim to the whims of La-La Land's denizens, as Spears was taken from her home around 12:55 a.m. Cali time, meaning we were at home having nightmares about Amendment 1 about then.
The North Hollywood P.D. sent about eight cops (who referred to her as "the package") --- including plainclothes officers, motorcycle cops, ambulance crews and police "brass," a source told the paper -- to her Studio City home, apparently to prevent a media spectacle by causing one. She was taken away for a 5150 "mental evaluation hold," her second since the infamous Jan. 3 incident that also involved more than a few constables.
The 5150 puts her in the hospital for up to 72 hours because she presents a danger to herself and others. The stay can be extended up to 14 days. Spears' lawyers, Anne Kiley and Tara Scott, had gotten Britney a new psychiatrist last week, TMZ says.
The scene inside the house is speculation at this point, but People quotes a source in the family as saying the judge-signed order was brought about because of Spears' erratic behavior that night.
"She was driving around her neighborhood like a mad-woman," the source says. "Britney has been prescribed medication which she refuses to take. This is just another sad, sad evening."
Apparently there's been some fighting between parents Jamie and Lynne Spears and Sam Lutfi over who is in control of Brit's medical treatment. TMZ reports there was an argument at the house among Lutfi, Lynne and Brit over getting the singer psychiatric help.
Britney, who reportedly hadn't slept since Saturday, allegedy told everyone to "shut up" and said, "I'll do what I need to do." She then passed notes to Lutfi, Adnan Ghalib and others until paramedics arrived.
The site also says she wasn't hysterical in the least; When her new psychiatrist told her she was going to the hospital, she simply said, "Is something wrong?" She allegedly made hot chocolate and waited quietly.
Things apparently weren't too quiet once she got to the hospital, thought. TMZ says after Britney checked in under an alias, it was noted that she was on Adderall, a drug to treat ADHD, and has been taking 10 laxatives a day, presumably to lose weight. Ew. She also was apparently screaming and swearing at her parents and staff, and accused her mother of "sleeping with my boyfriend," although who that is, is anyone's guess.
Coincidentally, TMZ says Justin Chambers, who plays Alex Karev on Grey's Anatomy, checked himself into the very same facility Monday because of exhaustion and a sleeping disorder. His rep says he went in voluntarily and left Wednesday.
Mama Lynne was seen leaving the hospital after 5:30 a.m. (photo above), a few hours after she responded to paparazzi questions about whether Britney was okay with a simple, "Yeah."
And with that, we break our Britney ban, dear readers. Glib as we may be, we hope the story has a happy ending.
A longer version of the insane waste of police resources is below: