Though the case was dismissed Thursday, Britney Spears' former manager Sam Lutfi recently sued the pop star and her parents for breach of contract, defamation and libel, regarding his portrayal in Lynne's 2008 memoir, "Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World."
As a result, headlines blared with accusations, including those of Britney's former nanny, Leah Frand, who denied Lutfi's claims that Britney kept crystal meth in the house and that Jamie Spears punched him in the chest.
With the sometimes unrestricted access they have to a star's family life, nannies are often privy to aspects of celebrities that the public is not -- and thus often find themselves making the news themselves.
Pam Behan, who served as Kris Jenner's personal assistant and nanny to Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian in the early '90s, penned a tell-all earlier this year, titled "Malibu Nanny: The True Adventures of the Former Kardashian Nanny." However, other than <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/13/former-kardashian-nanny-pam-behan-jenner-plastic-surgery-book_n_1670824.html">an unflattering anecdote</a> about grocery shopping for the family, it paints reality TV's first family in a mostly positive light.
In 2007, former nannies to Britney Spears <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/17031906/ns/today-entertainment/t/britney-spears-nannies-are-speaking-out/#.UJK9ju2FdSo">told Us Weekly</a> that the pop superstar "wanted a friend" and asked prospective caregivers about their personal lives more than their work history. “Britney asked me and one of her nannies to come to her room to watch her try on outfits for a party one night,” one source told the magazine, adding, “Then she stripped down naked in front of us!” (<a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/17031906/ns/today-entertainment/t/britney-spears-nannies-are-speaking-out/#.UJK9ju2FdSo">Via MSNBC</a>)
Grace Rwaramba, nanny to Michael Jackson's children, was the subject of a story in Britain's Sunday Times following his death in 2009, in which she allegedly revealed shocking details about Jackson's drug use. Rwaramba promptly released a statement denying the claims. But according to <a href="http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1911880,00.html">a 2009 profile in Time magazine,</a> she did play a pivotal role in the family's life. "You have to be aware of the most powerful nanny in the universe," a friend of Jackson's told the magazine. "She was the gatekeeper for Michael, and she wielded that power. She absolutely did."
Jude Law apologized to then-fiancée Sienna Miller in 2005, after the "Alfie" star was caught cheating <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1083985,00.html">with Daisy Wright,</a> a caregiver for one of his children.
On an episode of E!'s "True Hollywood Story," former nanny Stephanie Santoro dished on working for Kate Gosselin. “She always wanted things her way or no way at all," Santoro revealed. "She always wanted Jon to do things for her and if he didn’t do it right she would flip out on him.” (<a href="http://hollywoodlife.com/2011/02/02/kate-gosselin-e-true-hollywood-story-afterthoughts/">Via HollywoodLife</a>)
One applicant for the job of nanny to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's brood told PopEater the seriously rigorous requirements included a college degree in either education or child development, the ability to speak at least two languages and for those tending to the couple's adopted children from other countries, the nanny must speak the language of the child's native land.
Earlier this week, one of the nannies to "Octomom" Nadya Suleman's 14 kids <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/10/30/octomom-rehab-xanax-babysitters-nanny-easy/">told TMZ</a> that the single mother's absence while in rehab made their jobs much easier. Previously, two of Suleman's former caregivers made much more serious allegations, <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/10/13/octomom-nanny-abuse-allegations-video/">claiming they witnessed</a> child abuse among Suleman's children.
In July 2012, Gawker published an interview with Ying-Shu Hsu, a disgruntled former nanny to media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng, in which she described her working conditions as a "war zone." The Murdochs' <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/07/rupert-murdoch-and-wendi-deng-nanny-claims-abuse.html">response to Hsu's claims</a> was, "Having failed in court, she has apparently turned to the media with unfounded and untrue accusations. We will not dignify them with comment."
In a suit settled in 2011, Robert De Niro's onetime nanny <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/01/robert_de_niro_settles_nanny_s.html">Alexis Berry claimed</a> that the "Goodfellas" actor owed her for more than 750 hours of overtime, and De Niro and wife Grace Hightower were ordered to pay her $30,000.
In August 2011, Krisann Morel, who worked as Angelina Jolie’s nanny when she was young, <a href="http://www.gossipcop.com/angelina-jolie-nanny-krisann-morel-allegations-kids-children-brad-pitt/">told In Touch</a> that the A-list actress was a “lonely toddler” with a tough family situation that “did some damage.”
In 2010, a nanny for Katie Holmes told Star magazine that Suri Cruise had been given $25,000 tiaras, was allowed to eat cupcakes for breakfast and never heard the word “No.”
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