Update: BRITPOCALYPSE! Britney Spears released from mental ward after being wheeled out on gurney; Both kids are awarded to K-Fed; Dr. Phil says she still needs help
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Here we go, folks — the beginning of the end for Britney Spears. Thursday night the train wreck was taken away from her Malibu home in an ambulance after a three-hour custody standoff over tykes-in-the-middle, Sean and Jayden, the AP reports.
People's Web site says Brit was put on a minimum 72-hour lockdown at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following the incident.
Around 8 p.m. Hollywood time, while The Juice* was shivering uncomfortably last night, Spears' court-appointed monitor called the LAPD after a custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline, a source tells People.
"She had already put (Sean) Preston in the car when Britney locked herself in a room with Jayden," the source said. "The cops came and got through the door and tied her down to a gurney."
People said the evaluation order is known as a "5150 hold," and occurs "when any person, as a result of mental disorder, is a danger to others, or to himself or herself, or gravely disabled."
Apparently Spears was to turn her children over to Federline at 7 p.m. Thursday, but after putting Sean in the car flipped and headed to the loo. (The New York Post said she took both children into the bathroom.) By 10:30 p.m., six police cars, two ambulances and a fire truck were near her home.
LAPD Officer Jason Lee said police determined the children were to be given to Federline, so Spears turned the kids over around 10:50 p.m. and appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance, but didn’t elaborate. No injuries were reported.
“They had to strap her down like a mental patient and she was going between laughing and hysterics,” a source told Us magazine. The spy called it “a total psychotic breakdown. She just went crazy.”
Entertainment Tonight’s Web site also reported Spears was taken to Cedars-Sinai, but hospital spokeswoman Simi Singer would neither confirm nor deny the report due to patient confidentiality laws.
Access Hollywood said Brit's mom, Lynne Spears, was horrified by the latest news, being quoted: “Just say prayers.” Sounds like that's the only thing Lynne has been doing for years. Well, besides going to the bank to cash her daughter's checks.
In a bit of good news, The Insider says Brit-Brit won't be looking at any time for this fit-pitching. "We aren't charging her with anything at this time," an LAPD officer said. "She is at the [hospital] for her own health and welfare."
Meanwhile, there was an 8:30 a.m. court hearing that will no doubt revolve around this latest incident. Mark Vincent Kaplan, K-Fed's attorney, was expected to ask again for full custody, while the firm Trope and Trope will continue to represent Brit, TMZ says, despite Sorrell Trope asking to be taken off the case on Wednesday. The outcome of that hearing is pending, but the site says the firm's Tara Scott was representing Spears.
A press conference was scheduled for this afternoon, but a representative for Kaplan said, "Due to the circumstances, Mark Kaplan will not be making any statements to the media today."
FRIDAY UPDATE: Surprise of surprises, the court awarded sole custody to Federline Friday.
Commissioner Scott Gordon ordered another hearing to be held Jan. 14 after giving Federline sole physical and legal custody and suspending Britney's visitation rights, the AP reports.
"I'm not happy about any of these events," Kaplan said upon leaving the courthouse. "There's no winners here."
Except for the supermarket glossies. And The Juice*. We're getting tons of attention because of it.
SUNDAY UPDATE: Hide your kids and stay off the highways, because Britney Spears is home.
The train wreck was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Saturday after her three-hour standoff with cops late o'clock Juice* time Thursday night. Good ol' Dr. Phil McGraw says he was with the the troubled mom, and has ascertained she still needs psychological help.
"My meeting with Britney and some family members this morning in her room at Cedars leaves me convinced more than ever that she is in dire need of both medical and psychological intervention," McGraw told Entertainment Tonight and The Insider through a press release.
"She was released moments before my arrival and was packing when I entered the room. We visited for about an hour before I walked with her to her car. I am very concerned for her," he said. He plans to have the singer on his show later in the week, but no deets were available.