Britney Spears was too "fragile" to appear in front of jurors deciding her fate in her recent driving license trial, according to her defence lawyer.
The Toxic star was charged with failure to produce a valid California license following a car crash in the state last year (07), but the case was declared a mistrial on Tuesday (21Oct08) after a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision.
The judge was forced to dismiss any criminal charges against the singer as jurors deadlocked - with two members voting guilty, and 10 not guilty.
But despite the relative victory, Spears' lawyer Michael Flanagan has revealed how the star pleaded with him to excuse her from making a court appearance - and insists she wasn't "strong" enough to cope with the pressure.
Flanagan recalls how Spears told him: "I can't face all those people. I don't want to deal with all the people."
He adds, "She is not very strong. She is still very fragile. I had to explain things to her."
The comments come as the star embarks on a campaign to revive her career and put her January (08) public meltdown behind her.
Spears' new album, Circus, is due for release in December (08) amid rumours of a possible world tour.
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