By Jen Heger – Radar Assistant Managing Editor
UPDATE: The judge has ruled that Britney won’t testify at the trial.
Despite prior rulings by the judge handling Spears’ conservatorship that the pop star can’t be forced to testify or be deposed, Lutfi’s lawyer has continued to demand that Spears be ordered to take the stand.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Britney is “terrified” she will be forced to testify.
“Britney doesn’t want to see Sam Lutfi or be in the same room with him again, ever,” a source previously told Radar. “She is terrified that she is going to be forced to testify in the trial, even though the judge handling her conservatorship ruled she isn’t mentally competent to participate.
A separate hearing will be conducted outside the presence of the jury to determine if Spears will be forced to testify. Lutfi’s lawyers contend that since Spears has been on several concert tours and is a judge on the X Factor, she should be permitted to testify.
“Team Spears will absolutely put up a dog fight to keep Britney off the witness stand,” the insider says. “Their lawyers were ready for Sam’s attorney to ask that Britney testify, despite the fact that another judge has ruled that she can’t take part in the proceedings. The last thing they want is for Britney to take the stand against Sam.”