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Britney's Bodyguard Watching Over Jude

Britney's Bodyguard Watching Over Jude
Law at the Toronto Film Festival with Perry behind him, Sept. 13
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09/22/2006 AT 05:00 PM EDT

Recent photos show Jude Law being shadowed by a very familiar bodyguard – Perry Taylor, the very same U.S. Naval Academy graduate who just months ago was a frequent protector to Britney Spears and her son, Sean Preston.

So has Law hired Spears's former bodyguard to protect him? Not exactly.

"While Perry Taylor is a great guy and a thorough professional, he is not working for Jude," a rep for the British star tells PEOPLE exclusively. "He was hired by the studio to work with Jude during the Toronto Film Festival and the New Orleans premiere of All the King's Men.

Taylor was first noticed over the summer when he was spotted multiple times with Spears: He was photographed carrying then 9-month-old Sean Preston and pushing his stroller, as well as picking up groceries and bouquets of flowers.

Britney's Bodyguard Watching Over Jude| Britney Spears, Jude Law

Spears and Taylor on May 24


Rumors spread that the onetime bar bouncer and ski instructor was a "manny" for the pop singer's son, though a source close Spears told PEOPLE in June that wasn't true.

Asked why he was frequently holding the baby, the source said: "He's not her nanny. He's protecting Britney and he's protecting the child."

An officer and a gentleman. Jude Law's in good hands.

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