Britney Spears will temporarily lose custody of her two toddler sons to ex-husband Kevin Federline, sources told FOXNews.com ahead of the official ruling expected later Monday.
Commissioner Scott Gordon will order the boys, 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James, turned over to Federline based on information that Los Angeles Family Court received over the weekend about Spears, the sources told FOXNews.com.
During Monday’s custody hearing, Spears’ former bodyguard accused the pop star of having “issues of nudity and drug use” since she returned from rehab, and reports of a planned “hit” on Federline emerged.
The bodyguard’s attorney, the high-profile Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred, said in a press conference Monday that Spears’ attorney chose not to cross-examine the bodyguard, who has been described as a “secret witness” against Spears in her custody battle with Federline.
The bodyguard, Tony Barretto, filed a declaration in the custody battle which alleges “nudity, drug use and safety issues post-rehab.”
Allred said Barretto was prepared to testify under oath Monday, but neither the court nor Spears’ attorneys chose to cross-examine him. She said his declaration went “unrefuted and unchallenged.”
Barretto started working for Spears when she got out of rehab, and was fired on May 17 because, Allred said, “He did not hear her when he was asked to pick up her hat.”
Barretto, himself the father of young children, came forward because while working for Spears, he became “very concerned” about the safety of her two boys, according to Allred.
Federline’s lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, said he was in court Monday because of a declaration that had been filed by him and because he wanted to be available should his client be cross-examined.
The ruling giving Federline temporary custody of his and Spears’ children was expected to be handed down in Los Angeles Family Court later Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile, “Entertainment Tonight” reported that the FBI and the LAPD are investigating legitimate leads on a contract hit on Federline’s life.
Multiple sources told “ET” that the FBI made attempts to contact Federline to inform him of the potential danger. The FBI reportedly told “ET” that the bureau could not confirm or deny an investigation.
TMZ.com said reports of an FBI investigation into a plot to kill Federline are completely untrue