By Jen Heger – Radar Assistant Managing Editor
Lawyers representing Sam Lutfi, Britney Spears and her parents, are in a last ditch attempt to reach a settlement before the pop star’s one time manager’s lawsuit accusing the family of breach of contract, libel, and defamation, goes to trial, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
The judge handling the case has ordered both sides to try and reach a settlement before a separate judge, and give an update on Wednesday afternoon if there has been any success.
“Sam absolutely doesn’t want to settle, and wants his side of the story to finally come out. However, Sam knows that his name will be dragged through the mud by the other side,” a source close to the case tells us.
“This will come down to money, and it would take a significant amount of it for Sam to settle.”
As previously reported, a restraining order that the conservators had filed against Lutfi on behalf of Britney and her children expired earlier this year.
“After the restraining order expired, the conservators went to extra lengths to make sure that Sam wasn’t able to contact Britney because there was no longer any criminal threat if he were to violate terms of the restraining order,” the source says.
Lutfi is suing Britney and her parents for defamation and breach of contract. Lufti took particular issue with Lynne Spears‘ portrayal of him in her book, Through The Storm, that discussed Lutfi’s role in Britney’s life leading up to her very public meltdown, which resulted in her father Jamie Spears gaining conservatorship of his daughter in 2008.
Other witnesses expected to testify include Britney’s ex-assistant Ali Sims, former manager Lou Taylor, who has worked with the singer over the years, and a slew of lawyers including Laura Wasser, who represented Britney in divorce proceedings against ex-hubby Kevin Federline.
However, one person who won’t be testifying is Britney herself because the judge handling her conservatorship said she isn’t mentally competent to participate in the proceedings.
Stay tuned to RadarOnline.com for developments on this story.