Britney Spears denies child mistreatment allegations

By Shelby Grad

LOS ANGELES – Britney Spears is denying allegations in a sexual-harassment lawsuit filed by a former bodyguard alleging that she mistreated her two children, saying L.A. County social workers investigated and found no wrongdoing.

In the lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Fernando Flores claims Spears sexually harassed him and also mistreated her children. Among the allegations, Flores claims Spears fed the children a type of fish they were allergic to and then refused to call for medical help.

But in a statement on her website, Spears described Flores as someone “trying to take advantage of the Spears family and make a name for himself.”

She added: “The Department of Children and Family Services conducted a proper investigation surrounding Mr. Flores’ accusations and have closed the case without any further action. Ms. Spears and her attorneys have every expectation that this matter will be dismissed by the courts.”

County family services officials could not immediately be reached for comment. Mark Vincent Kaplan, an attorney for Spears’ ex-husband, Kevin Federline, also cast doubts on the lawsuit.

“He is satisfied that the allegations are a product of economic motives,” Kaplan told the Associated Press. “They are as baseless as they seem.”