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Published: Friday, 10/26/2007

Lawyer says Spears bid for custody of 2 young sons put on hold


LOS ANGELES A bid by Britney Spears for custody of her two young sons with Kevin Federline was put on hold Friday by a court commissioner after a three-hour closed hearing, a lawyer for Federline said.

Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon was expected to issue a written ruling by next Tuesday after hearing extensive testimony on a number of issues in the case, lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan said.

Spears did not comment after the hearing. But during an earlier break in the proceedings, she uttered an epithet at a reporter in the hallway who asked how the proceedings were going.

Attorney Sorrell Trope, who represents Spears, said something has changed, but I can t say what. He said Spears was pleased, but he declined further comment.

Gordon has previously said there was evidence that Spears is a habitual, frequent and continuous user of drugs and alcohol, withdrew approval for her to even visit the children after finding she had failed to comply with some conditions for shared custody.

He later withdrew the ban and allowed her to visit Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1 but only in the presence of a court-approved monitor.

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