The San Antonio Spurs security guard accompanying rookie Victor Wembanyama will not face charges for allegedly slapping Britney Spears, authorities said Friday.
After investigating a battery complaint filed by Spears, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department decided not to move forward with a criminal case.
“The LVMPD has concluded its investigation of the alleged battery that occurred on July 5, 2023,” the department said in a statement to Urban Hollywood 411. “No charges will be filed against the person involved.”
The “Toxic” singer and her team filed the complaint alleging she was “backhanded” by a member of Wembanyama’s security detail at Catch restaurant in the Aria Hotel on Wednesday night.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the police report which said surveillance footage showed Spears inadvertently “hit herself in the face.”
The incident occurred when Spears, 41, approached Wembanyama, 19, and made physical contact with the NBA star.
On Thursday, Wembanyama told reporters Spears “grabbed” him from behind as he walked into the restaurant and his security detail pushed her away.
“We were in the hall and there was a lot of people, people calling me obviously. There was one person who was calling me… security said don’t stop because it’s going to make a crowd,” Wembanyama said.
“That person was calling me, ‘sir, sir,’ and that person grabbed me from behind,” he added. “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. I don’t know with how much force though, but security pushed her away. I didn’t stop to look so I could walk in and enjoy the nice dinner.”
Spears addressed the incident in an Instagram post on Thursday.
In a lengthy statement, she said she wanted to “congratulate him on his success.” She then disputed Wembanyama’s account of what happened.
“I am aware of the player’s statement where he mentions ‘I grabbed him from behind,’ but I simply tapped him on the shoulder. His security team then backhanded me in the face without looking back, in front of a crowd. Nearly knocking me down and causing my glasses [to fall] off my face.”
Spears called the incident “super embarrassing.”
“I have yet to get a public apology from the player, his security or the organization,” she added before thanking the police department and detectives “for their support.”