Posted: Sep 9, 2010 9:15 PM by Alison Haynes
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britney Spears denied a bodyguard's
accusations that she sexually harassed him and abused her children,
saying Thursday in a statement on her website that authorities
looked into his claims but found no reason to act.
The statement said the pop singer and her attorney expect
Fernando Flores' sexual harassment and intentional infliction of
emotional distress lawsuit to be dismissed.
"This lawsuit is another unfortunate situation where someone is
trying to take advantage of the Spears family and make a name for
himself," the statement read. "The Department of Children and
Family Services conducted a proper investigation surrounding Mr.
Flores' accusations and have closed the case without further
Spears did not say when the investigation was conducted and the
department doesn't release details of its inquiries.
Flores claimed in his lawsuit that Spears repeatedly exposed
herself to him and made other unwanted sexual advances. He also
claimed she used his belt to discipline her young sons, Sean
Preston and Jayden James, and acted inappropriately in front of
The bodyguard's employment with Spears appeared to be brief -
his court filings state he started working for her in February, and
by June he was no longer on her security detail.
Flores also sued his former employer, Advanced Security Concepts
Corp. A woman who answered the company's phone Wednesday declined
to comment and refused to be identified.
Flores is seeking unspecified damages.
Spears' ex-husband, Kevin Federline, has also denied through his
attorney that any abuse occurred and called Flores' accusations
Attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan told The Associated Press on
Wednesday that if Federline believed the children were in danger,
he would have stepped in already.
"He is satisfied that the allegations are a product of economic
motives," Kaplan said. "They are as baseless as they seem."
Federline has custody of the former couple's sons, but Spears
has substantial visitation with the boys.
Spears remains under a court-ordered conservatorship in which
her personal and financial affairs are controlled by her father and
an attorney, and monitored by a judge. The conservatorship has
prevented Spears from being deposed or testifying during previous
cases in which she was sued.
Despite a high-profile custody battle, Spears and Federline
reached an agreement in 2008 and neither side has sought changes to
the custody arrangement in nearly a year, court records show.
The first hearing in Flores' case is scheduled for January 25.