Video surfaced online Friday offering more insight into what transpired between Britney Spears and Victor Wembanyama’s security team.
The footage obtained by TMZ shows the pop star, 41, and the San Antonio Spurs rookie, 19, walking into Catch restaurant in the Aria Hotel on Wednesday night.
On Thursday, Wembanyama told reporters Spears “grabbed” him from behind. Spears responded with a statement on Instagram saying she “simply tapped him on the shoulder.” But the video reveals something different from both of their accounts.
The footage shows the singer chasing after the NBA rookie. Wembanyama is surrounded by a group of men, and Spears squeezes between the men in an effort to reach the NBA phenom. A man in a black shirt tries to elbow her aside, but she persists and repeatedly taps Wembanyama on his back until another man slaps her arm away. In the slow motion version the video, the security guard’s hand appears to make contact with her face.
Spears is dressed in low rise black pants, white boots and a cropped green top in the footage. Wembanyama is wearing a tan shirt and at 7’4″ towers over everyone else in the video.
— TMZ (@TMZ) July 7, 2023
The men never stop for Spears and walk into the restaurant, while someone is shown comforting her after she was hit.
The footage was released shortly after the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said it would not move forward with a criminal case after Spears filed a police report.
“The LVMPD has concluded its investigation of the alleged battery that occurred on July 5, 2023,” the department said Friday in a statement to Urban Hollywood 411. “No charges will be filed against the person involved.”
Wembanyama previously told reporters Spears “grabbed” him from behind 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.”
In a statement posted to Instagram, Spears said she approached Wembanyama to “congratulate him on his success.”
“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,” the statement read.
Spears called the incident “super embarrassing” and said she was waiting for an apology “from the player, his security or the organization.”