Britney Spears has reacted after footage emerged of the incident in which she was allegedly assaulted by a security guard.
The Toxic musician, 41, was out with her husband Sam Asghari, 29, in Las Vegas on Wednesday evening (July 5) when she was reportedly hit by NBA star Victor Wembanyama’s bodyguard.
The princess of pop claimed she had ‘tapped’ the basketball player on the shoulder to ‘congratulate him on his success’ before being ‘backhanded’ in the face by the member of his security detail.
Britney herself later spoke out, admitting she found it ‘embarrassing’ to share the incident which she described as a ‘traumatic experience’, while Sam issued a statement against the ‘violent behaviour’.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) investigated a report of battery but dropped all charges after reviewing CCTV footage and finding that Britney had inadvertently hit herself in the face.
A recording of the incident was also obtained by TMZ and it shows Britney tapping Victor, 19, on the shoulder and later shouting: ‘This is America. F*** you all.’
Victor had previously claimed a person had ‘grabbed’ him ‘from behind’ while he was in a crowded hall walking to a restaurant.
The San Antonio Spurs rookie added: ‘I just know the security pushed her away. I don’t know with how much force – and I didn’t stop to look, I kept walking to enjoy the nice dinner.’
Britney has since addressed the CCTV footage on her Instagram and said in her lengthy showbiz career, in which she had been with ‘the most famous people in the world’ including NSYNC, whose fandom she compared to The Beatles, she had never seen a security guard hit a fan.
She continued: ‘I’m not sharing this to be a victim … I SIMPLY GET IT HONESTLY … my reaction was priceless … BAD ??? YES …’
’I’ve had documentaries done about me and none of which I approved … I have felt helpless in most situations and my experience in Vegas and my reaction was a cry out on all levels … I will say it !!!
‘No, I don’t feel like I have been treated as an equal person in this country … of course when I watched the video myself … the people who actually swarmed around me when they heard me get hit made me feel like I mattered !!!
‘I wasn’t aware of that at the time … all people could hear was me saying f**k you all … which was WAY BETTER THAN HITTING HIM BACK 🙄🙄 🙄 !!! Either way I’m still a huge fan of the NBA player … it’s not his fault his security hit me … s**t happens !!! I hope you’re all having a wonderful Friday !!!’
Sam – who met Britney on the set of her music video in 2016 – also previously slammed the guard as ‘out of control’ and called his behaviour ‘violent’.
However, he insisted that the alleged behaviour of the individual ‘should not cast a shadow on the accomplishment of a great young man on the rise [Victor].’
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