Following various reports, Britney Spears and her husband, Sam Asghari, are acknowledging an incident that resulted in the artist getting backhanded by a security guard accompanying San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama.
However, the athlete has also broken his silence on the matter and says that Britney was a bit more grabby than reports suggested. Despite this, Britney Spears maintains that she merely “tapped him on the shoulder” before getting smacked.
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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect a recent report that charges will not be filed against Victor Wembanyama’s security guard. Additionally, it also reflects a newly surfaced video of the incident.
Victor Wembanyama Says Britney “Grabbed [Him] From Behind” In Las Vegas
Wembanyama was the first party to publicly acknowledge the incident in question.
In a video shared by KENS 5 sports anchor Nate Ryan, Victor confirmed that “something did happen” the night before.
He said he heard someone trying to get his attention while walking through a busy hallway. However, Victor Wembanyama says he was instructed to keep walking to prevent a crowd from forming, and things ultimately escalated.
“That person grabbed me from behind. Not on my shoulder, she grabbed me from behind. I just know that the security pushed her away. I don’t know with how much force, but security pushed her away. I didn’t stop to look, so I kept walking and enjoyed a nice dinner.”
Victor went on to say that he “thought it was no big deal” and “didn’t know” that the fan in question was Britney Spears “for a couple of hours.”
— Nate Ryan (@nateryansports) July 6, 2023
Britney Spears Shares Her Side Of The Story
Shortly thereafter, Britney also chimed in via Instagram.
She started by acknowledging her acquaintance with “traumatic experiences” before declaring, “I was not prepared for what happened to me last night.”
After sharing that she randomly ran into Victor Wembanyama a couple of times in Las Vegas, Britney says she ultimately decided to try to “get his attention.”
“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.”
Notably, Britney refuted Victor Wembanyama’s claim that she “grabbed [him] from behind” and doubled down on “simply tapp[ing] him on the shoulder.”
She then recalled the security guard “[backhanding her] in the face without looking back.”
The pop star was sure to add, “I get swarmed by people all the time… My security team [doesn’t] hit any of them.”
In another message, Britney said that she wanted to share the “embarrassing” story to “urge people in the public eye to set an example and treat all people with respect.”
She also pointed out, “I have yet to get a public apology from the player, his security or the organization.”
Britney wrapped up her message by thanking fans for the “love and support.” Spears also expressed her gratitude to the detectives handling the case.
Sam Asghari Calls The Alleged Assailant An “Out-Of-Control Security Guard”
Britney’s husband also chimed in on Instagram.
After declaring that he’s “opposed to violence,” Sam Asghari said that his “subdued” reaction could serve as a lesson.
“I consider my reaction subdued considering what occurred, and I hope the man in question learns a lesson and changes his disregard for women.”
Asghari went on to call the alleged assailant an “out-of-control security guard” who is “cast[ing] a shadow” on Victor Wembanyama’s accomplishments. He also lambasted the “systemic culture of disregard for women.”
“The blame should fall on the coward who did this, the people who hired him without proper vetting, and a systemic culture of disrespect for women in sports and entertainment.”
According to TMZ, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department concluded an investigation into the incident Friday. Furthermore, “no charges will be filed” against Victor Webbanyama’s security guard in the slapping of Britney Spears.
Since then, the outlet has also published a video of the incident which appears to affirm Spear’s account of the incident.
— TMZ (@TMZ) July 7, 2023
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