From the AP:

Britney Spears was taken from her home by ambulance early Thursday and escorted to the hospital by more than a dozen police officers in cars, on motorcycles and in helicopters. The 26-year-old pop star was being taken to “get help,” said a Los Angeles police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter. The Los Angeles Times cited unidentified authorities who said Spears was being placed on a “mental evaluation hold.”

Spears was taken to UCLA Medical Center, where her mother, Lynne, was seen leaving its psychiatric hospital at about 5:30 a.m. When asked by a throng of paparazzi and reporters whether Britney was doing all right, Lynne Spears replied, “Yeah,” before leaving in a Range Rover.

Hours earlier, shortly after 1 a.m., a motorcade nearly the length of a football field pulled away from Spears’ residence. Along with the ambulance, it included police on nearly a dozen motorcycles, in two cruisers, and two helicopters following overhead.

… elsewhere in L.A., an abused wife huddles in the bathroom while her drug crazed husband beats on the door, baseball bat in hand; a convenience store clerk has just hit the alarm after becoming worried about the suspicious behavior of a pair junkies, one of whom has a gun in his waistband; an old man dials 911 when he finds he wife battered and bloodied at the bottom of the basement stairs ….

All animals are equal. Some just have bigger entourages.

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