LATEST: Pop princess Britney Spears has dismissed reports she is enjoying a romance with actor JARED LETO - insisting he's just a friend of a friend.

The BOYS chanteuse set Tinseltown tongues wagging after she was spotted enjoying the Panic Room hunk's company at Ashton Kutcher's Los Angeles restaurant DOLCE on Saturday night (16AUG03).

Britney's spokesperson says, "She was out for a girls' night out, and one of the friends knew Jared, who was there with friends, and both groups got together and had a good time."

However, spies - who saw the twosome leave the restaurant to head for BEN AFFLECK's 31st birthday bash - claim that Britney and Jared left the party together much earlier than their respective friends.

Intriguingly, Britney's first love Justin Timberlake is currently dating Jared's former fiancee Cameron Diaz.

19/08/2003 13:31