Britney Spears' Red Light Violation Tape Submitted In Court

Friday, November 16th 2007, 5:32 pm
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The video of Britney Spears apparently running a red light with her children in the car was submitted into court Friday, a week after anyone with an Internet connection could judge it for themselves.

There was no word on the possible impact of the latest piece of evidence entered in the child-custody battle between the pop star and ex-husband Kevin Federline in a Los Angeles Superior Court.

Mark Vincent Kaplan, Federline's attorney, declined to comment after the closed-door hearing before court commissioner Scott Gordon. Kaplan also said Gordon issued a sealed order that he could not discuss.

“I can't tell you what was discussed, I can't tell you what was in the papers, I can't even tell you what was in the order,” Kaplan said.

The paparazzi video, posted November 9th on the celebrity Web site, shows the 25-year-old singer appearing to blow a red light at a Hollywood Hills intersection, taking a left in front of stopped oncoming traffic while cameras flash and someone yells, ``Red light, red light!''

An unidentified witness who had been subpoenaed also appeared briefly at Friday's court hearing. His testimony was postponed.

The case is due back in court November 26th.

Sorrell Trope, an attorney for Spears, did not immediately return a telephone message Friday.

Federline has temporary custody of Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, because Spears has defied court orders. Last month, Gordon ruled that Spears could have sleepovers with her two boys if she has regular drug tests, childproofs her home and ensures the children are buckled into their car seats when she takes them on a drive.

He had previously suspended Spears' custody rights, ruling she engaged in “habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol.”

Driving has been an ongoing problem for Spears. In 2006, she was photographed driving with Sean Preston on her lap, and authorities visited her home to investigate.

Last month, she pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving without a valid license. A misdemeanor hit-and-run charge from an August parking lot crash was dismissed after she paid an undisclosed amount to the car's owner.

Spears, 25, and Federline, 29, were married in October 2004. The two have wrangled in court over custody issues since they split. Their divorce was final in July.