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Brit fails to ditch her dad.

TORMENTED Britney Spears has failed to persuade a court to stop her dad running her affairs.

Britney, who is being treated in a mental ward, objected after a court appointed Jamie Spears as a "conservator" - or guardian - of her estate.

But a judge ruled against the fallen pop queen amid fears that she doesn't understand what is happening to her.

A court investigator told judge Reva Goetz: "Britney lacks the capacity to retain information."

Britney's life fell apart after the collapse of her marriage to dancer Kevin Federline and an ugly custody battle over their two young sons.

She hit rock bottom after her erratic behaviour saw her banned from seeing the boys, Sean Preston, two, and Jayden James, one. She is now in a psychiatric ward in LA.

Jamie was appointed as conservator last week. He will look after his daughter's affairs while she is ill.

On Monday, lawyers for Britney asked judge Goetz to replace Jamie.

But she refused and adjourned the case until February 14, saying she needed more information on Britney's mental state.

The court also heard that Britney's manager, Sam Lutfi, is defying a court order against contacting the star.

Britney's parents got a restraining order against Lutfi, accusing him of putting her health at risk, but he refused to accept the ruling and phoned her after the order was granted.

Judge Goetz ordered Lutfi to leave Britney alone.

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