Britney Spears is carried on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance from her home in Los Angeles.
Police were called to Britney Spears' home in a custodial dispute that lasted for nearly three hours before the intoxicated singer reportedly turned over her children to ex-husband Kevin Federline.
Officers were called to the Los Angeles home at about 8pm (1500 AEDT) today, and the 26-year-old singer turned over the children around 10.50pm (1750 AEDT), said police spokesman Officer Jason Lee.
Aerial footage from local television stations showed Spears being lifted into an ambulance on a trolley. It was unclear where she was being taken.
Lee said Spears was under the influence of an unknown substance, and no injuries were reported.
The incident involved a family dispute that police worked to resolve "peacefully by court order'', he said.
An Associated Press photographer outside the gated community that includes Spears' house saw six police cars, an ambulance and a fire engine enter around 10.30pm (1730 AEDT).
Spears and Federline are fighting over custody of their sons, two-year-old Sean Preston and one-year-old Jayden James.
Federline, 29, has temporary custody of the children because Spears, who has limited visitation rights, has defied court orders. The two were married in October 2004 and divorced in July.
Calls to lawyers for Federline and Spears were not immediately returned.
Earlier today, the singer appeared for a deposition in the custody dispute.
She was deposed for just 14 minutes, lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan told reporters after she left.
Spears called in sick for a December 12 court-ordered deposition, but was photographed that day driving with a friend. She also didn't show up for a session on Wednesday, Kaplan said.
Spears' lawyers from the firm Trope and Trope on Wednesday filed a court motion asking to be relieved due to a "breakdown'' in communication with their client.
Kaplan said Spears' lawyers were present for what became a very abbreviated session.
"The deposition proceeding did go forward today. It was scheduled for 9.45 to 11.45,'' Kaplan said. "However, it wasn't able to commence until 11.32.''
"You can imagine in 14 minutes there's not a lot of time to develop questions,'' he said.
Kaplan said another deposition would be scheduled.
Source: The Age
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