LATEST: Britney Spears has found herself in the middle of a boozing controversy after being snapped downing what looks like a miniature bottle of whisky in the street.

Spears and her fiance Kevin Federline were pictured leaving JOE'S LIQUOR store in Malibu, California earlier this week (beg12JUL04) - and photographers thought they'd caught the pop star drinking in public at noon when she tipped her head back to glug from a tiny green bottle.

And after THE NEW YORK POST and British tabloid newspapers ran the picture, suggesting Spears has a problem, even Joe's manager JAY came to the singer's defence.

He says, "She didn't buy any alcohol."

The bottle was in fact a ginseng herbal supplement. The photographer who snapped Britney in Malibu has apologised for any inconvenience.

16/07/2004 09:41