Singer Britney Spears has recently released a statement regarding an incident that occurred in Las Vegas, where a member of basketball player Victor Wembanyama’s security team allegedly struck her in the face. In a lengthy message shared on her Instagram story, Spears detailed the incident, condemned the behavior of the security guard, and responded to Wembanyama’s account of what happened.
In her post, Spears expressed that she has experienced traumatic incidents before but was not prepared for what happened to her that night. She explained that she had recognized Wembanyama, a 19-year-old basketball player who stands at an impressive 7 feet 4 inches tall, in the lobby of her hotel. Later, when she spotted him again at a restaurant in the Aria Resort & Casino, she decided to approach him and congratulate him on his success.
Spears described the encounter, stating that due to the loud environment, she tapped Wembanyama on the shoulder to get his attention. However, she claimed that his security guard backhanded her in the face without looking back, causing her glasses to fall off. On the other hand, Wembanyama had a different recollection of the incident. He mentioned that someone grabbed him from behind and that the security pushed that person away without stopping to see who it was.
After sharing her side of the story, Spears criticized the alleged actions of Damian Smith, the director of team security for the San Antonio Spurs, who was responsible for striking her. She emphasized the importance of setting an example and treating all individuals with respect, particularly for those in the public eye. Spears also stated that while Smith had apologized to her, she was still awaiting a public apology from Wembanyama, his security team, or their organization.
Despite feeling embarrassed about the incident being publicized, Spears decided to speak out about it. She filed a police report, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that the incident has been documented, with no arrests or citations issued at this time.
Spears’ husband, Sam Asghari, expressed his disapproval of Smith’s actions while defending Wembanyama. Asghari, who was reportedly present with Spears during the encounter, stated that the blame should be placed on the security guard who committed the act, the individuals who hired him without proper screening, and the prevalent culture of ignoring women’s rights in sports and entertainment.
As the situation continues to unfold, the public remains attentive to any further developments and the possibility of public apologies being issued by those involved.