No charges against Victor Wembanyama bodyguard after police investigate Britney Spears ‘hit in the face’ claim


Las Vegas police investigated claims from the singer that she was “back handed” after she tried to tap 7ft 4in tall Victor Wembanyama on the shoulder as he walked through a hotel in Las Vegas.

No charges against Victor Wembanyama bodyguard after police investigate Britney Spears 'hit in the face' claim

No charges will be brought following a brief investigation of the altercation involving pop star Britney Spears, San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama and a member of the player’s security team.

Las Vegas police confirmed the news on Friday, after determining she inadvertently “hit herself in the face.”

It came after Spears has said she was struck by a security guard as she tried to approach Wembanyama near a restaurant in a Las Vegas casino complex on Wednesday night. Wembanyama said a person, who he later found out was Spears, grabbed him from behind.

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said Spears had actually struck herself when someone pushed her hand off Wembanyama as she reached up to tap the No 1 overall pick.

In its investigation, which is now over, police determined that the security guard did not wilfully or unlawfully use force or violence against Spears. No arrests were made and no one was cited, the report said.

In the report, police said surveillance footage of the event “showed Britney going to tap the Spurs player on the shoulder. When she touched the player (redacted) pushes her hand off of the player without looking which causes Britney’s hand to hit herself in the face.”

No charges against Victor Wembanyama bodyguard after police investigate Britney Spears 'hit in the face' claim

Spears filed a police report after the incident outside the restaurant, alleging battery. On Friday, she posted a reaction to Instagram with a caption that said “Either way I’m still a huge fan of the NBA player, it’s not his fault his security hit me.”

Wembanyama was making his NBA Summer League debut for the Spurs in Las Vegas on Friday night. The 7ft 4ins French teen was the No 1 pick in last month’s NBA draft and is entering the league with the most hype since LeBron James in 2003.

The altercation happened on Wednesday night. Spears said she recognised Wembanyama at another hotel earlier in the evening and when seeing him again entering a restaurant at the Aria Resort & Casino she “decided to approach him and congratulate him on his success.”

Spears then said on Thursday: “His security then back handed me in the face without looking back, in front of a crowd. Nearly knocking me down and causing my glasses off my face.”

Police interviewed security guards for the Spurs and Spears, both of whom said pushing a hand off someone’s shoulder is a standard response, according to the report. The security guard for the Spurs said he spoke with Spears afterward, identified himself and apologised. Spears’ security team said she also apologised, the police report said.

Spears’ attorney in Los Angeles, Mathew Rosengart, did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages Friday about the police report.

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Spears said on Thursday in posts on Twitter and Instagram that the run-in was “super embarrassing,” and denied grabbing Wembanyama, saying she only “tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention.” She also said that she was hopeful of getting an apology from the team or the security guard who she said was involved.

Wembanyama had a different account of the events. He said security advised him to not stop for anyone as he walked into the restaurant, mindful that pausing could cause a stir and allow a crowd to build. He said one person was shouting “sir, sir” to him, “and that person grabbed me from behind,” he said.

He was told hours later that person was Spears. He never saw her, he said, because he never turned around.


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