BRITNEY SPEARS’ family have accused DR. PHIL McGRAW of violating their trust by
making public statements about his hospital visit to the troubled singer.
McGraw went to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday
(05Jan08), where Spears was being held following a stand-off with police when
she refused to hand over her sons to ex-husband Kevin Federline after a
scheduled visit at her Beverly Hills mansion.
Following the visit, McGraw said he planned to devote the Tuesday (08Jan08)
episode of his show Dr. Phil to Spears’ ongoing problems.
But Spears family spokesman Lou Taylor said that at no time had the family
planned to do a show with McGraw, describing the therapist as “self-serving”.
McGraw says plans for the show have now been axed.
Taylor also criticized McGraw for making claims the Toxic hitmaker needed
She says, “What’s wrong with Dr. Phil’s statement is that he made a
statement. The family, basically, extended an invitation of trust for him to
come in as a resource to support them, not to go out and make public
“He was not invited to make this part of a public display or part of the
Taylor added Spears’ mother Lynne and sister Jamie Lynn “were looking for
support here, not to add to the trouble that is already upon them”.