Her former bodyguard speaks on US TV
Britney Spears’ former bodyguard Tony Barretto has appeared on US TV to speak about his role in the singer’s custody battle.
Barretto appeared with lawyer Gloria Allred on The Today Show this morning (September 24) and discussed Spears’ use of drugs and alcohol.
He told how he saw Spears use drugs in a Los Angeles nightclub, and described how she ordered him to hold a curtain in front of her for privacy while she used them.
Barretto also recalled an incident in which he accompanied her to a private bathroom and waited outside for some time. When he became concerned, he opened the door and witnessed her using drugs again.
He also described finding Spears in a Los Angeles hotel room “completely strung out, sweaty and shaking”, and said that “it was almost forbidden to talk to her about her personal life and Britney doesn’t listen to nobody.”
Barretto’s lawyer Gloria Allred, who also represents Spears ex-husband Kevin Federline, said: “The court did find that she is a continuous, frequent and habitual user of controlled substances and alcohol and we believe that it is because of (Baretto’s) declaration.”
When asked why he spoke out about Spears‘ private life, Barretto said he was trying to protect Spears‘ young children Sean Preston and Jayden James.
“My frustrations at the time when I worked for her (were) not being able to protect them from her, and I have accomplished that now,” he said.
–By our New York staff.