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EX-BODYGUARD ACCUSES HER OF CHILD ABUSE; NEW BRITNEY BLOW Report filed on star's tots.

Byline: By MIRROR REPORTER

BRITNEY Spears could be in yet more trouble after her former bodyguard filed a child abuse report.

Tony Baretto - who gave damning evidence in her child custody dispute - spent almost two hours at the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services.

He told social workers about what he is alleged to have witnessed while working for the star, his lawyer Gloria Allred claimed.

She said: "We have filed a child abuse referral. It is our belief that the agency will conduct an investigation."

Baretto has given several interviews since coming forward as a witness in the troubled pop star's child custody dispute. He claims to have seen Britney, 25, using drugs at a nightclub twice in the same night soon after she got out of rehab.

After the Family Services meeting, Baretto's lawyer said he was not out for revenge after being sacked but wanted to do everything in his power to protect Britney's sons Sean Preston, two, and 13-month-old Jayden James. Allred added: "Past conduct can be indicative of future conduct. It is appropriate to file this child abuse referral.

"Protection of children is the driving force and the reason why Mr Baretto has come forth today and in the past."

The star's sons are now in the full custody of father Kevin Federline but Allred believes the abuse referral will mean she will have to speak to social workers before getting her boys back.

If the agency follow up the bodyguard's claims it will be their second investigation into Spears in less than four moths.

In September Britney was cleared by the department after an anonymous complaint was filed with authorities in July.

news@irishmirror.ie

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TROUBLED: Britney leaves her hotel in Beverly Hills yesterday; CUSTODY: Kevin Federline won rights this week; EVIDENCE: Guard Tony Baretto
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