Monday, January 7, 2008

Report: Britney Urged to Enter Mental Hospital; Dad Bails on Dr. Phil

The "responsible" people in Britney Spears' life are trying to convince her to voluntarily enter a mental hospital, sources told

Spears' loved ones believe she'll never regain custody of her children unless she undergoes intensive, in-patient treatment for what appears to be a severe bipolar disorder, but Britney does not want to enter a hospital, TMZ reported.

Meanwhile, sources told the celebrity gossip site that Britney's father, Jamie Spears, wants nothing to do with TV shrink Dr. Phil McGraw's intervention show about the singer, which reportedly was being taped Monday to air Tuesday.

Photo Essay: Britney Custody Standoff

It's still uncertain whether Spears' mother, Lynne Spears, will appear, TMZ said.

McGraw defended himself Monday against criticism that he violated Spears' privacy when he visited her in the hospital Saturday morning.

"I want to set the record straight. I went to see Britney at the request of her family. I talked to Lynne, Jamie and Brian, because they were frustrated that she wasn't going to be held for a longer time," McGraw said on CBS' "Early Show."

Asked how he had come to be involved in the saga, Dr. Phil said, "Thursday night, the phone rang, it was Lynne, clearly she was very upset. Any parent would be. I was first contacted by her family a year ago and had maintained a running dialogue for the last year or so." says it spoke with eight psychiatrists who don't think Dr. Phil should have been allowed in to see Spears when he doesn't have in-patient privileges.

"Britney didn't ask for it, Britney didn't know about it" and Spears walked out when Dr. Phil walked in, said managing editor Harvey Levin.

Sources also told that Spears angrily kicked McGraw out of her room and demanded he leave at once.

Dr. Phil said he eventually did meet with Spears for about an hour. He told "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider" in a press release that she's in "dire need" of medical and psychological help despite being let out of the hospital.

"My meeting with Britney and some family members this morning in her room at Cedars leaves me convinced more than ever that she is in dire need of both medical and psychological intervention," McGraw told the programs.

"She was released moments before my arrival and was packing when I entered the room," he said. "We visited for about an hour before I walked with her to her car. I am very concerned for her."

Meanwhile, Spears didn't test positive for drugs or alcohol during her two-night stay at Cedars-Sinai, according to a new report.

A "reliable source" told People magazine that Brit "tested clean ... This lady is as clean as clean can be, and has been for some time."

Spears was hospitalized under mysterious circumstances Thursday evening following a standoff with police in which she allegedly refused to hand over her two baby boys to ex-husband Kevin Federline.

On Friday, a court commissioner gave Federline full custody of the two children and suspended Spears’ visitation rights following the incident.

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