UPDATED: Custody Hearing Over; Britney Leaves Court
First Published: May 6, 2008 3:22 PM EDT Credit: Mona Shafer Edwards
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Access Hollywood is on the scene as Britney Spears and Kevin Federline are in court for the latest chapter in the couple’s very public custody battle.
Today’s hearing will focus on the psychiatric evaluation of Britney, and whether or not she should be awarded any custody of her two children – Sean Preston and Jayden James.
Under the current court ruling, Kevin maintains full custody of the kids.
LA Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon will preside over the hearing and could modify the custody and visitation agreement, based on the psych report and Britney’s recent behavior.
Here are up-to-the-minute updates live from the courthouse…
(all times PDT)
12:16 PM – The court hearing is over. The next court date has been scheduled for July 15.
No word yet on any possible outcome from today’s hearing. A court spokesperson will be providing further details shortly.
Britney has left the courthouse.
11:49 AM - Britney and Kevin are back in court after the break.
Although Britney seemed distressed prior to the break, upon her return she was smiling and playing with a red straw in her mouth.
She was also holding hands with her mom, Lynne.
10:41 AM – Both parties are now on break. Everyone is now out of the courtroom. Britney was escorted out first, and then Kevin. Blair Berk won’t let go of Britney. She is constantly holding her hand and whispering in her ear.
Berk is the only one Britney is talking to.
10:33 AM – The quick break is over. Britney heads back into the courtroom.
10:26 AM – Court takes a break as Britney and attorney Blair Berk are spotted in the hallway. However, according to our source, the pop star “does not look happy.”
9:35 AM – It’s Britney y’all! The pop star has finally entered the courtroom, about 80 minutes after arriving to the courthouse. She walks in with slick, straight blonde hair, full makeup, wearing a brown and white dress with a cream colored cardigan. “She looks great,” says Access’ source on the scene. “She and Kevin match.”
She walked into court with both parents and attorney Blair Berk. It is very different from her previous appearances. The courtroom is very quiet as she enters.
Her father, Jamie Spears, is sworn in, followed by Britney.
Judge: “State your name.”Britney: “Britney.”Judge: “Your full name please.”Britney: “Britney Spears.”
All media has now been removed from the courtroom as the hearing is set to begin.
More updates to come…
9:33 AM - Kevin just walked into court, wearing a cream pinstriped suit. He is accompanied by lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan and his team.
Guards are lining up inside court to walk Brit in.
8:43 AM – Kevin has arrived and is also waiting downstairs.
8:33 AM – Britney’s custody lawyer Stacey Phillips just walked into the courtroom with a team of attorneys.
8:28 AM – Access has learned the judge will call a few other custody cases before Britney’s case this morning.
8:15 AM – Britney arrives to court. She is downstairs, making her way upstairs to the courtroom.
8:03 AM – The scene is packed with press, inside the courthouse and outside as well. There is a very noticeable police presence. No arrivals yet. Stay tuned.