Britney Spears claims a security guard guarding French basketballer Victor Wembanyama “backhanded her in the face” on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Although the police in Las Vegas have not made any arrests, they confirmed their response to the scene at the Aria hotel as part of a battery investigation.
Spears described the incident as a “traumatic experience” she wasn’t ready for in a social media post.
Wembanyama stated that he “didn’t see what happened” but acknowledged that someone was pushed. The 19-year-old NBA top draft pick was in Las Vegas ahead of his first Summer League game when he visited a restaurant at the Aria, on South Las Vegas Boulevard, where Spears said she spotted him.
“I decided to approach him and congratulate him on his success. “It was really loud, so I tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention,” she said. Spears claimed that the security guard protecting Wembanyama struck her in the face with the back of his hand. The incident caused her glasses to fall off as she nearly fell to the ground.
Britney Spears said she had seen account of Victor Wembanyama about the incident which prompted her to share her own. Wembanyama had told a local news reporter: “I couldn’t stop. That person was calling me, ‘Sir, sir,’ and that person grabbed me from behind.
“I didn’t see what happened because I was walking straight and didn’t stop. That person grabbed me from behind – not on my shoulder, she grabbed me from behind.
“I just know the security pushed her away. Did’t know with how much force but security pushed her away. I didn’t stop to look so I could walk in and enjoy a nice dinner.” Spears said she wanted “to urge people in the public eye to set an example” and thanked the Las Vegas Police Department for its support.