September 24, 2023

Britney Spears says her response to Victor Wembanyama security fight was a ‘cry on all levels’

The singer said she is “still a huge fan” of the San Antonio Spurs player after the incident with his security team last week

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Britney Spears continues to speak out after claiming she was beaten by a member of the San Antonio Spurs security team during an encounter with player Victor Wembanyama.

Shortly after TMZ posted video of the incident and after the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) determined that no one will be charged, the singer, 41, shared a second post on Instagram responding to what happened.

Noting that she’s “been in the industry for years and been with some of the most famous people in the world,” Spears then pointed to *NSYNC, who she said was “just like The Beatles at one point… girls would throwing themselves at them everywhere we went.

“Not once in my life has a guard ever hit another person,” she wrote.

Spears continued: “I am not sharing this to be a victim…I JUST GET IT FAIR…my reaction was priceless…BAD???YES…I have had documentaries made about me and none of them I have approved…I have felt helpless in most situations and my experience in Vegas and my reaction was a scream on all levels…I’ll say it.

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The singer then wrote that she felt she had never been “treated as an equal person in this country” and applauded those who helped her during the incident.

“When I watched the video myself… the people who actually swarmed around me when they heard I was being beaten made me feel like I mattered!!!” she said.

“I wasn’t aware of that at the time… all people could hear was me saying f— y’all… which was WAY BETTER THAN KNIKING HIM BACK!!!” added the “Toxic” singer.

Spears then concluded her post’s caption, writing that she is “still a huge fan” of Wembanyama, 19, noting, “It’s not his fault his security hit me… s— happens!! !”

Related: Victor Wembanyama Claims Britney Spears ‘Grabs Me From Behind’ Before Instigating Alleged Security Attack

On Thursday, Spears reported to the police after she was allegedly beaten by one of Wembanyama’s guards the night before. The LVMPD confirmed to PEOPLE that “agents responded to the location around 11 p.m. Wednesday” regarding a battery investigation.

Police then told PEOPLE in a statement on Friday that the organization had “completed its investigation into the alleged battery that occurred at 11:00 p.m. on July 5, 2023, in the 3700 block of Las Vegas Boulevard.”

“No charges will be brought against the person involved,” the LVMPD continued.

A redacted police report obtained by PEOPLE alleges that after viewing video surveillance of the ARIA hotel, the Spurs security guard “took his left hand to push Britney’s hand away from the individual. [He] used enough force pushing Britney’s hand away that her hand hit her face, causing her sunglasses to fall off.

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Wembanyama spoke out on the situation in a Thursday video shared by KENS reporter Nate Ryan on Twitter. “Something happened when I walked to a restaurant with some security from the team. We were in a hall and there were a lot of people, so obviously people were calling me,” he said.

The basketball star recalled hearing “one person” call his name repeatedly, but didn’t stop after being told by security that stopping would cause a large crowd.

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“That person grabbed me from behind,” he continued. “I didn’t see what was happening because I was walking straight ahead and they told me, ‘Don’t stop.’ But that person grabbed me from behind, grabbed my shoulder. She grabbed me from behind, so I just know security pushed her away.”

The athlete added: “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.” When asked if he knew if the person trying to get his attention was the famous musician, he explained that he “didn’t know for a few hours”.

When Wembanyama returned to the hotel, he thought the incident was “no big deal”. When security told him the person was Spears, he thought they were joking. “At first I thought ‘No, you’re kidding.’ But yes, it turned out to be Britney Spears,” he said. “I didn’t know because I didn’t see her. I never saw her face. I just
kept walking straight.”

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Related: Britney Spears Speaks Out About Victor Wembanyama Scuffle, Says His Security ‘Punched Me In The Face’

Following his public statement, Spears posted on her social media accounts to consider the situation a “traumatic experience” and said she has not yet received an apology from the basketball player, his team or his security.

“I recognized an athlete in my hotel lobby on my way to dinner,” she recalls. “I later went to a restaurant in another hotel and saw him again. I decided to approach him and congratulate him on his success.”

“It was very loud, so I tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention,” Spears claimed. “I am aware of the player’s statement where he says ‘I grabbed him from behind’ but I just tapped him on the shoulder. His security then punched me in the face without looking back in front of from a mob, nearly knocking me down and causing my glasses [to fall] from my face.”

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