Britney Checks Out of LA Hospital

Pop star quietly leaves psych ward; Spears' next step uncertain
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2008 6:35 PM CST
Britney Checks Out of LA Hospital
In this video frame grab release by AP Television showing Sam Lutfi leaving UCLA medical center after visiting Britney Spears on Thursday evening, Jan .31,2008. A restraining order against Lutfi who has been at Britney Spears' side during her downward spiral portrays him as a Svengali figure who held...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Britney Spears was released today from the psychiatric ward at a Los Angeles hospital, just six days after entering the facility under an intense media spotlight. The pop diva avoided the glare today, slipping out of UCLA Medical Center amid a throng of private security. Spears was possibly headed for one of her homes before seeking additional treatment, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Spears’ psychiatrist had extended her hospital stay by two weeks, but the pop star could have been released earlier by her doctor or a judge, AFP notes. While Spears rested during her second hospital stay in a month, her father filed a grand theft report, claiming jewelry, paintings, and other goods were lifted from his daughter’s home. (Read more Britney Spears stories.)

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