Lutfi said he negotiated a peace pact with paparazzi who dogged her every move, giving them access to her schedule if they would follow at a safe distance and save her a parking space at her destination.
Once, he said, he and Britney traveled to Las Vegas to see if she could find a venue for a permanent performing spot.
But he said by September, the singer had relapsed on drugs, and he walked out. On Oct. 1, 2007, he said, “Britney called me from her car and asked me to come back and help her kick drugs.”
Lutfi said Spears had been parked all night outside a tanning salon in a mini mall, where he found her and took her home. He said he moved into her house after that, although there was no romantic relationship.
Through all of this, he said he had no written management contract nor was he ever paid.
In her book, Lynne Spears refers to him during that period as “the gatekeeper,” “the general” and “Svengali.”
In a passage of the book read by the judge outside the jury’s presence, Lynne Spears wrote: “He lorded over me that he had complete access and I had no access to my own child.”
Lutfi, wearing a suit and black-rimmed glasses, spoke in a businesslike manner as he described his increasing role as intermediary in the star’s career and private life.
He said he broached the subject of her estrangement from her parents and arranged for a reunion for Britney and her mother. Jurors were shown a photo of the two women meeting and smiling.
He also said he approached her father about a meeting, but he declined.