Judge Rules Britney Still Can't See Kids

Troubled pop tart skips hearing; K-Fed gets custody 'indefinitely'
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2008 8:50 PM CST
Members of the media gather around a vehicle carrying Kevin Federline outside the Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, in Los Angeles. Ex-wife Britney Spears appeared for the afternoon session...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Britney Spears won't regain the right to see her kids anytime soon, a judge ruled late today after she missed a custody hearing, People reports. Ex-husband Kevin Federline's lawyer refused to characterize the ruling against restoring visitation as a victory; he said K-Fed hopes "he will be able to parent the children at some point in the future with participation from the mother."

The troubled pop princess did go to the courthouse for the afternoon session of the daylong hearing but left before venturing inside. "I'm scared," she said as paparazzi thronged her vehicle. "I want to get in the car." She rejected police officers' appeals to climb out and eventually drove off. Spears lost her visitation rights after being hospitalized following a standoff with police and paramedics, which today's hearing addressed.