BRITNEY SPEARS has been taken to a Los Angeles hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, according to reports.
The troubled singer was taken from her house by paramedics in an ambulance to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, following a four-hour stand off at her Beverly Hills mansion where she refused to hand over her two sons to her former husband Kevin Federline. Federline is thought to have followed Spears to the hospital, arriving at 12:20am.
She was discovered by cops at her home on Thursday (03Jan07) evening “under the influence of an unknown substance”, according to reports.
All the emergency services – police, medical and fire crews – were present at the star’s house during the incident, which is being referred to as a “family custody dispute” by the Los Angeles police.
Spears refused to hand over sons Sean Preston, two, and Jayden James, one, to Federline following a scheduled visit on Thursday (03Jan08) – which was due to end at 7pm when Federline’s bodyguard arrived to pick up the boys, although the boys were handed over to Federline at 11pm local time.
Police were called to the scene around an hour later, although details of who made the call have not yet been released.
Several police helicopters, cop cars, ambulances and fire trucks later arrived at Spears’ home, with additional back-up vehicles and officers appearing throughout the ordeal.