Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Britney Caught Shoplifting

Troubled pop star Britney Spears caused a ruckus at a trendy LA shop this weekend after she walked out wearing a 100 (Rs 7,753) top she hadn’t paid for. The singer was doing a spot of shopping at the exclusive Fred Segal store in Melrose Avenue with 25 aides and bodyguards when the incident occurred.

Britney’s awaiting entourage, including bodyguards and friends, then argued with the store’s staff and with cops and fans. But pals of the 26-year-old Toxic singer insist Britney simply forgot to pay for the long-sleeved vest. She was not arrested.

Britney was recently released from Los Angeles’ UCLA Medical Center, where she was on psychiatric hold.

With greasy black hair, Spears, who’s currently locked in a bitter custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline, had spent Saturday afternoon shopping in a leopard-print top and jeans.

But she emerged from the hip store wearing a black top.

An onlooker said, “Britney seemed to be in a daze. She rushed around looking at coats and bags and then left with her gang of 25 people.

“The staff were just staring at each other, then said ‘I think she’s taken a top’. There was chaos outside with fans and police.”

This isn’t the first time Britney has been accused of stealing - she allegedly swapped a disposable lighter from a garage last December and a wig from a sex shop last year.

Meanwhile, supermodel Heidi Klum has invited Britney to live with her. The 34-year-old model, who is married to singer Seal, says she wants to help Britney get her life back together. “She can call me and come live in our house with us for a couple of months,” Klum said.

“I would help set her straight. I am sorry when a young person gets thrown so off track,” she said in an interview to be aired on German television.