Access Exclusive: Britney Speaks Out

Britney Spears designed her own daring dress for the Grammy after parties on Wednesday night.

But three days before, the pop star was making headlines for all the wrong reasons when she was photographed driving with her baby on her lap.

Was she running from the paparazzi or endangering her child? Access Hollywood’s Tony Potts got the exclusive story when he caught up with Britney and Kevin after the Grammys.

“How are you guys responding to all the hub bub over what happened the other day with Sean Preston?” Tony asked the party-going couple.

“It is what it is, it’s the press. I mean, there is nothing new with them, with me,” Britney told Access.

Britney arrived relaxed and dazzling at Mariah Carey’s bash thrown with Jermaine Dupri and presented by LG Mobile Phones. And as she showed up sporting a self-designed mini-dress with Kevin on her side, she came right to Tony to explain for the first time what happened.

The photos in question showed Britney cruising down a very busy California highway with her four-and-a-half-month-old out of a car seat and directly behind the wheel. The pictures have brought severe criticism to Britney, who initially blamed aggressive paparazzi for frightening her into the poor decision.

But now, upon more reflection, Brit is accepting some of the responsibility.

“It’s kind of like I made a mistake and so it is what is, I guess,” she told Tony.

That being said, she’s not taking all the blame.

“Being put in the situation that I was in, it was kind of bad with the paparazzi,” she explained. “Last week, my mom and me went out and they were on us really bad, so it’s just, you do instinctively what you need to do.”

Government Officials Weigh In On Britney Controversy

Now President Bush’s Transportation Secretary is giving his opinion on Britney Spears driving with her baby in her lap.

Norman Mineta is calling Spears “irresponsible.” He says even though Spears has admitted it was a mistake, “her actions still send the wrong message to millions of her fans.”

Spears has said she was protecting her kid from the paparazzi, but Mineta says “there’s absolutely no excuse for this display, not instinct, not fear, not even reckless paparazzi.” He commented at an event marking the start of Child Passenger Safety Week.

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