Britney Spears obtains court injunction

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Singer Britney Spears has been granted a High Court injunction preventing the British press from printing allegations about her recent stay in rehab.

The order is directed at those deemed responsible for leaking details about Ms Spears' stay at a US clinic.

The pop star "intends to challenge false allegations that have already been published," a statement from her London lawyers said.

The 25-year-old left a California treatment centre earlier this week.

'False allegations'

Ms Spears' legal representatives are also applying for an additional court order requiring UK publications to disclose the sources of their stories detailing her one-month programme at the Promises clinic in Malibu.

Media outlets are being served the injunction "so as to assist them in not making the mistake of carrying out such further disclosures if approached by this person," the legal statement continued.

Ms Spears has already mounted a legal challenge concerning "false allegations" which have already been diseminated.

The 25-year-old's manager, Larry Rudolph, asked the press to respect her privacy when she left the facility.

The Promises clinic's website states it is one of the world's leading centres for "inpatient treatment to alcoholics and addicts hooked on prescription or illegal drugs".

Ms Spears entered the clinic on 22 February after sparking concerns amongst fans when she shaved her head in public.