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Spears leaves hospital, dodges media

Jamie Spears, the father of Britney Spears, talks to police officers at the entrance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was taken last week. Jamie Spears, the father of Britney Spears, talks to police officers at the entrance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was taken last week. (hector Mata/reuters)
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January 7, 2008

Instead of laying low after her discharge from a Los Angeles hospital on Saturday, Britney Spears continues to play a cat and mouse game with those camped outside her house - and the rest of those in her life. The troubled pop star was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by paramedics Thursday night after police were called to her home because of a dispute involving the two sons she had with ex-husband Kevin Federline.

Yesterday, Spears pulled off an amazing feat: she slipped out of her Beverly Hills home undetected despite the constant vigil of paparazzi and media outside, People magazine reported on its website late yesterday. The pop star, accompanied by Finalpixx photographer Adnan Ghalib, popped into the Daily Grill in Palm Desert around 10 a.m. yesterday.

"She seemed in a really good mood, laughing with the guy she was with," the restaurant's manager told People.com. Spears shielded herself behind large, dark sunglasses and "had a champagne mimosa to drink," he said. She stayed at the restaurant about an hour, as "Vegas Confidential" writer Norm Clarke first reported. Spears, 26, had been keeping company with Ghalib, 35, before her recent meltdown.

Meanwhile, TV shrink "Dr. Phil" McGraw, who was with Spears when she was released from the hospital, said she's OK but still needs psychological help, the syndicated programs "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider" reported. "My meeting with Britney and some family members [Saturday] morning in her room at Cedars leaves me convinced more than ever that she is in dire need of both medical and psychological intervention," McGraw said in a statement released to the media. "She was released moments before my arrival and was packing when I entered the room. We visited for about an hour before I walked with her to her car. I am very concerned for her." McGraw planned to talk more about Spears on his daytime talk show this week, he told the TV shows.

The embattled pop star's father, Jamie Spears, was at the hospital during Britney's stay and it took a toll on the Louisiana dad. "Jamie was really upset," a source told People magazine. "He was in tears."

At a hearing Friday, a court commissioner suspended Spears's right to visit sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. The commissioner also gave sole physical and legal custody to Federline.

Previously, Federline had temporary custody and Spears had court-monitored visitation. The court set another hearing for Jan. 14.

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