- Associated Press - Monday, October 22, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Testimony is set to begin Monday in a defamation suit by Britney Spears‘ ex-manager against her parents.

Lawyers for Sam Lutfi, the ex-manager, declined to say whether he would be the first witness at the trial here.

But one thing certain was that Miss Spears will not testify. She remains under a court-ordered conservatorship, and a judge told her not to participate.

Her father, Jamie, who is her conservator, has been in court with his wife, Lynne, whose book on her daughter’s darkest days led to the defamation suit by Mr. Lutfi.

He was portrayed by lawyers for the family as a destructive force in Miss Spears‘ life. His lawyers maintain he was just trying to help the singer and manage her career.

Mr. Lutfi is seeking millions of dollars from Miss Spears and her family.