Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Britney collapses in New Year stupor

Britney Spears has been rushed from a New Years Eve party after collapsing on the floor of a Las Vegas nightclub.

Eye-witnesses reported seeing the pop star downing glasses of Dom Perignon champagne before she fainted.

On-lookers claimed a hoard of bouncers covered the star in a blanket before carrying her out of Pure nightclub, where she had been hosting a party to bring in 2007.

A clubber who witnessed Spears' collapse said: "It was crazy. Britney had been on the roof watching fireworks bring in the New Year.

"She seemed to be having a really good time, laughing with her friends. "But then less than half an hour later, the security doors for VIPs at the back of the club flew open.

"Britney's body-guards were trying to stop any photographers taking pictures and shining torches in their eyes.

"But we saw Britney being carried out by about five bodyguards with one of their jackets over her head.

'It appeared that she couldn't walk on her own and had to be physically carried out of the nightclub."

The club, in Caesar's Palace, had reportedly paid Spears $300,000 to appear at their party.

Spears — with her long blond hair extensions in place — arrived on the red carpet wearing a skimpy black sequined mini-dress designed by Chloe.

She was also adorned with jewels by Cartier and Jimmy Choo heels.

Accompanied by an entourage of 27 groupies and security guards, Spears had started her evening of revelry by eating lobster curry and Kobe beef burgers at the Social House restaurant in nearby Treasure Island hotel and casino.

Fans went beserk as she appeared at Pure, and hundreds of people crowded around the star with their camera phones taking pictures.

Britney was drinking champagne and singing along to tunes picked by DJ Hollywood, who was on the turntables Actress Shannon Elizabeth and Desperate Housewives actor Jesse Metcalfe, along with his British girlfriend Nadine Coyle, were in the neighboring VIP cabana bed and showered Spears with hugs and kisses, according to Las Vegas columnist Robin Leach.

Leach reported on his website Luxe Life: "When her hit song I'm A Slave for You was blasted over the sound system she went to the railing overlooking the dance floor and danced for the crowd.

"Then she began the first of her two countdowns.

"Inside the club she yelled 'What happens in Vegas always stays in Vegas' and after the countdown she wished everybody a Happy New Year.

"Immediately she went up in the club's elevator for the outdoor upper terrace to watch the fireworks exploding on seven hotel rooftops.

"As 2007 officially began, Britney and her friends popped the cork on a massive $5,000 supersized bottle of Dom Perignon in front of a gigantic Happy New Year cake that was layered in Swarovski diamonds.

"Britney, with champagne in hand, led her friends in the open-air toast and then retreated downstairs back to her VIP cabana bed.

"And it was there just 50-minutes into the New Year, at exactly 12:50am, that she collapsed and was dramatically carried out of the club hidden under a hooded black poncho behind a screen of 12 burly bodyguard bouncers."

According to an eye-witness who spoke to Leach, Britney told staff she wanted to leave before falling onto the floor in a "dead faint."

Leach added: "Her group pulled her up and lay her on the bed at the same time as her personal security asked for the club to provide at least 10 other security managers to "get her out as quickly as possible."

News of Spears' collapse comes on the back of heavy criticism suggesting the mother-of-two should cut back on her wild nights out.

Ever since splitting from her husband Kevin Federline, Spears has been partying hard in clubs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, often with hotel heiress Paris Hilton Attracting criticism for exposing herself by wearing tiny mini-skirts with no underwear, the star even posted a message on her official website admitting she may have been burning the candle at both ends.

She is currently recording a new album.

Splash News/Snapper Media

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