What happened to Sam Lutfi? Where is Britney Spears' ex-manager now?

Jane Corscadden February 9, 2021
What happened to Sam Lutfi? Where is Britney Spears' ex-manager now?

What happened to Sam Lutfi? After the New York Times documentary, Framing Britney, aired earlier this week, many fans are wondering about Sam Lutfi, the man who was regularly by Britney Spears’s side in the run up to her conservatorship in 2008.

But what do we know about him, and where is he now?

Who is Sam Lutfi?

Lutfi was born in Los Angeles in 1974. He grew up in the Woodland Hills area, where his mum owned multiple gas stations.

His LinkedIn profile shows he studied biology, business and psychology at the University Of Southern California from 1994-1998.

It lists Lutfi as working as a self-employed manager since July 1997.

Lutfi’s connection with Britney Spears

Sam Lutfi is undoubtedly best known for his connection with Britney Spears. Yahoo! Entertainment reported in 2019 that the pair had met in a nightclub after Spears had returned from a stint in rehab.

In 2009, Associated Press reported that they connected following Britney’s infamous head-shaving incident.

Lutfi was Britney Spears’s manager just before she was taken into the conservatorship of her father, which was arranged due to concerns about her mental health.

At the time, Spears’s legal team argued Lutfi was trying to undermine the terms of the conservatorship. This led to a restraining order being taken out against him after Spears’s mum accused him of allegedly drugging Spears and controlling the use of her phone.

In 2009, another order was taken out against Lutfi after he was accused of allegedly trying to control Spears’s financial assets.

Sam Lutfi denied all of these accusations, saying he had “merely responded to cries for help.”

Most recently, in 2019, Spears was granted a five-year restraining order against Lufti. This is after the Spears family believed Lutfi was allegedly trying to incite fans online, as the hashtag #FreeBritney had gone viral, implying the singer is being controlled against her will.

Britney took to Instagram in 2019 to clarify the situation for fans, following the cirulation of “fake emails” believed to be from her.

In the short video, Spears says “all is well” and claims the fake emails “were crafted by Sam Lutfi years ago.”

What happened to Sam Lutfi?

What exactly Sam Lutfi is up to nowadays is hard to pin down.

Following the airing of the Framing Britney documentary in the US on Friday (5 February), Lutfi shared his reaction on Twitter.

First, on 6 February, he tweeted that he has “always been one hundred percent truthful.”

The next day, 7 February, Lutfi tweeted a meme that alludes to always standing up for yourself while also being “a kind person with a good heart.”

It seems that Lutfi is making these posts in response to his past treatment by the Spears family and the information contained within the Framing Britney documentary.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know
Jane is a freelance journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland specialising in news, culture and politics. She studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast before completing a Journalism MA at the University of Ulster. Always trawling social media and keeping up to date with the latest trends and crazes, her main interest lies in digital culture and internet trends.