Britney Snorts at Coke Rumors

Pop princess Britney Spears set to sue tabloid for accusing her of using drugs

By Julie Keller Feb 21, 2003 6:45 PMTags

Britney Spears might not be that innocent, but she swears she's no coke addict. And she is going to court to prove it.

The pop tartlet is fuming over a Star magazine story that says she has used cocaine. Spears is reportedly planning to sue the supermarket tabloid.

"The only one who's guilty of doing cocaine has to be the source of this story," Spears' rep Nathalie K. Moar said in a statement released on Thursday. "It makes for good reading, but it's simply not true."

The story, which hit newsstands Friday, is indeed a page-turner. Star said a member of the Britney entourage dished about the singer's close encounter with the white stuff November 14 at the Crowbar Club in Miami. The loose-lipped groupie says he was jammed in the bathroom stall (in the VIP toilet section of the club, no less) with the popster, some guy with drugs in his pocket and a female friend when the incident went down.

"Once we were in, the guy cleans off the toilet top with a tissue and then takes out some cocaine," read the Star transcript. "Using his driver license, he chopped it into four lines. Britney just stood there and watched him, not saying a word. He took out a dollar bill, rolled it up and did the first line. He then handed the bill to Britney. She took the dollar and bent over the cocaine."

That same source also claims Spears did a spot check after said snorting and asked one of her gal pals to check her nose for white powder.

The singer's label, Jive Records, refused to comment. But a source close to Spears says she's examining her legal options. Reps for Star could not be reached for comment.

The drug rumors are just the latest salvo in recent media reports about Spears' walk on the wild side. Aside from the cocaine allegations, the 21-year-old publicity juggernaut has also been making headlines for her high-profile, post-Justin Timberlake love life. Most recently, she has been linked to Colin Farrell, showing up at the premiere for The Recruit holding hands and sucking face with the foul-mouthed Irish hottie. ("She's a sweet, sweet girl. There's nothing going on--we're just mates," he swore to Entertainment Tonight.)

Before that, she was the object of Fred Durst's affection. The Limp Bizkit lead singer posted online odes to Spears, professing his love and telling angry fans and media types to just leave her alone. (He has since claimed her life is too "out of control" for him to date her. "We're not enemies, man, I just don't want to talk to her," Durst recently told Access Hollywood. "I just chose not to talk to her anymore.")

Meanwhile, Britney is turning her focus to good old rock 'n roll. She has been nominated for two Grammys: Best Pop Vocal Album for Britney and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Overprotected." (Trophies will be handed out February 23 at Madison Square Garden with the televised portion airing live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET. E!'s red carpet coverage begins at 6 p.m.)

She is also wrapping up work on her fourth album and has already written and recorded two songs, "Sacred" and "Free." The first single will be released in August, with the album bowing in October.