Saturday night we spotted Britney Spears former manager/bff Sam Lutfi leaving the new Hollywood hotspot Agura, and we couldn't resist the opportunity to ask him about controlling dads -- after all, he'd know!

When we asked what he thought about Michael Lohan's latest issues and the fact that he's still trying to get Lindsay to go to rehab, Sam responded, "I think Lindsay has people around her that actually care about her...from my experience, it's usually the parent's fault why they got there."

Wise words.

Then, the subject turned to Britney and the infamous head-shaving incident. "I think she was just expressing her independence and her freedom, which hopefully she'll get a chance to do again... There's nothing wrong with Britney, she's awesome."

Do you think Britney will also have the freedom to be friends with Sam in the future?