Britney Spears has spoken out again after she accused a member of Victor Wembanyama’s security guard of punching her in the face in Las Vegas last week.
The “Hold Me Closer” singer posted an Instagram video On Tuesday, she slammed an unnamed radio station for allegedly saying she “deserved to get hit by the basketball phenom’s guard.”
Damian Smith is accused of assaulting Spears. He is the director of team safety for the San Antonio Spurs, who drafted Wembanyama to the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA last month.
“I heard… this radio station was clapping and talking… and said I deserved to be clapped. Security did their job and protected their client,” Spears said in the clip.
“I once dated the most famous people in the world – ‘N Sync’. Girls would literally pounce on them. On my way to the [hotel in Vegas] In fact, I was knocked out by three 12 year olds trying to take a picture of me. My security personnel never once touched them or even got close to them. The point is, I didn’t like it when people said I deserve to be spanked because no woman ever deserves to be spanked.”
The Grammy winner repeated her account of what happened. She claims she approached the 19-year-old jock at the Aria Resort & Casino and “patted him on the back” to get his attention when Smith “gave her the backhand.”
“30 minutes later I got an apology at my table,” Spears said Tuesday. “But I haven’t received a public apology yet.”
During the discussion of the incident with KENS 5 reporter Nate Ryan Last week, Wembanyama claimed Spears “grabbed” him from behind.
“Not on my shoulder, she grabbed me from behind,” he said.
“All I know is that security turned them away. I don’t know how much force, but security pushed her away. I didn’t stop to look but was able to go inside and have a nice dinner.”
The 7-foot-1 NBA star added that at the time he didn’t know the person trying to get his attention was Spears.
“I’m aware of the player’s statement where he says, ‘I grabbed him from behind,’ but I just patted him on the shoulder,” Spears claimed in a statement released last week.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department recently completed its investigation into the incident after Spears reported it during the night. The ministry confirmed in a statement that “no charges will be brought against the person concerned”.
According to a police report obtained by The Times, members of Wembanyama’s security team denied that Smith slapped Spears in the face, claiming he simply pushed the pop musician’s hand off the player – a “standard reaction for most security guards/bodyguards”.
The report also noted that officers and police reviewed surveillance footage that showed Spears slapping Wembanyama on the shoulder before the security guard “pushed her hand away from the player without looking, resulting in Britney shooting herself put his hand in his face”.
“Due to the fact that [Smith] “Did NOT use intentional or unlawful force against Britney and there was no probable cause. No arrest was made and no subpoena was served.” an official wrote in the report.
Nardine Saad, a Times contributor, contributed to this report.