After allegedly being backhanded in Las Vegas by Victor Wembanyama’s security officer and having her glasses knocked off in front of witnesses, Britney Spears became outraged and demanded an explanation.
Following an alleged “embarrassing” smack for San Antonio Spurs player Victor Wembanyama by a security guard, horrified and incensed Britney Spears says an apology and “respect” are due. The “Toxic” singer shared her indignant reaction to the claimed “traumatic” assault and her version of events on Instagram stories on Thursday, July 6.
“Traumatic experiences are not new to me, and I have had my fair share of them,” the shocked actor said in the statement.
“What occurred to me last night caught me off guard. In my hotel, I recognized an athlete who I later ran into. I made the choice to go up to him and congratulate him on his achievement. I patted him on the shoulder to grab his attention because it was so loud.”
“I am aware of the players statement where he mentions ‘I grabbed him from behind’ but I simply tapped him on the shoulder. His security then back handed me in the face without looking back, in front of a crowd. Nearly knocking me down and causing my glasses off my face. I get swarmed by people all the time. In fact, that night. I was swarmed by a group of at least 20 fans. My security team didn’t hit any of them.”
The mom of two then made a vulnerable admission. “This story is super embarrassing to share with the world but its out there already,” she continued. “However, I think it’s important to share this story and to urge people in the public eye to set an example and treat all people with respect.”
After lamenting the rise in physical violence generally and pointing out that it frequently occurs “behind closed doors,” Britney made an apologies request.
“The athlete, his security, or their organization have yet to publicly apologize to me. I really hope they do,” she wrote. The Crossroads actress ended her tweet by thanking her followers for their support. She said, “I treasure the abundance of love and support I am currently experiencing. Thank you to the detectives and the Las Vegas Police Department for your assistance.”
On Thursday, July 6, TMZ reported that Britney had reported the alleged attack at the Catch restaurant inside the ARIA hotel in Las Vegas to the police. According to the source, when Britney approached the athlete, she was accompanied by her husband Sam Asghari, and was mobbed by fans.
When the security guard later approached her in the restaurant, he reportedly apologized and said, “You understand how it is when you’re being swarmed by fans.” The Las Vegas PD confirmed to HollywoodLife that they had responded to a “battery investigation” at 11 p.m. on Las Vegas Boulevard the same day. In addition, they said that although a police report on the incident had been finished, no arrests had been made.
In the meantime, Victor could be heard discussing the purported event in recordings that were becoming viral on Twitter. He added in the interview footage, “I didn’t see what happened since I was walking straight and we were told, ‘Don’t stop.’ But since she grabbed me from behind rather than my shoulder, I can only assume that security pushed the assailant away. I’m not sure how strongly, though. Security, though, pushed her away. I didn’t pause to look so I could enter and partake in the lovely dinner.” He said that he never saw Britney Spears’ face and that it was only a few hours later that he discovered who it was.
On Thursday, Britney’s husband of a year posted a scathing critique of the security guard on social media. The 29-year-old model stated in part, “I consider my reaction subdued considering what occurred, and I hope the man in question learns a lesson and changes his contempt for women.