EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Christina Lutfi: How She Smuggled Cell Phone to Britney Spears

Apr. 8 2009, Published 5:42 a.m. ET

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It sounds like something out of a bizarre soap opera.  A woman smuggles a cell phone into the sauna of a posh Beverly Hills hotel and gives it to a superstar singer who feels cut off to the outside world by her controlling father.

Christina Lutfi --sister of Britney Spears' former manager Sam Lutfi - says that actually happened, and in an exclusive interview with, Lutfi is speaking out about how she did in fact smuggle a phone to Spears in the sauna of the Peninsula Hotel last winter.

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Christina says Spears had called her crying, saying she was sick of her father's control over her empire and needed Sam's help to find a new lawyer.  Christina says Sam --who was forbidden to contact Spears himself - instead gave her a pre-paid cell phone to smuggle to Britney so that the pair could be in contact.

In this dramatic new interview, brings Christina back to the Peninsula Hotel to recount the events of that day.


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