In the world where things go viral on the web so fast, it looks like Britney Spears was a victim of a web hoax. On the web yesterday (12/27), there was reports that Christopher Federline, the brother of Brit's ex husband Kevin Federline, filed a lawsuit alleging he fathered his brother's oldest son, Sean Preston. Guess what, none of that was true at all.

Radar Online reported that Christopher allegedly wrote in court documents:

"I'm the true father of Sean Preston, not Kevin. I do confess I slept with Britney, and I am the true father, but the public does not need to know. I seek a restraining order from Britney Spears. She is out of control and a maniac."

The Smoking Gun is reporting that Christopher never filed the suit and that the story was a hoax created by an ex-convict who was recently arrested for violating his probation on a conspiracy and wire fraud conviction. The story has since been removed from Radar Online.

In the world of how the web works, you have to be very careful on reporting on stories. If you have a “lead” it may be false, and it will make you look terrible. I feel bad for our friends over at Radar Online, it happens to all of us who write for the web.

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