Las Vegas police confirmed on Friday (July 7) that after a brief investigation into the report filed Thursday by Britney Spears against NBA star Victor Wembanyama’s security guard, no charges will be filed.
Spears, 41, made a complaint to police for assault, saying she was punched in the face by security guards at the San Antonio Spurs player’s catch restaurant at ARIA Resort & Casino.
This was announced by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department The Independent on Friday that the investigation has been completed and “no charges will be brought against the person concerned”.
The Independent has reached out to Spears representatives for comment.
In a statement posted to her social media accounts on Thursday, Spears said she’s “determined to reach out [Wembanyama] and congratulate him on his success” and so she patted him “on the back”.
The 19-year-old French phenomenon was signed as Spurs’ first-round draft pick last month and is set to make his team debut on Friday.
Spears claims that the basketballer’s security “then backhanded me in the face in front of a crowd without looking back.” It almost knocked me out and ripped my glasses off my face.”
She added: “It’s super embarrassing to share this story with the world but it’s already out. However, I think it’s important to share this story and encourage people in the public eye to set an example and treat all people with respect.”
Wembanyama also addressed the incident, saying (via The Associated Press): “Something happened, a little bit, when I went to a restaurant with some of the team’s security guards.
“We were in the hall. There were a lot of people there, so obviously people were calling me. There was one person who called me but we spoke to security beforehand.
“I couldn’t stop. This person called me ‘sir, sir’ and this person grabbed me from behind,” he said. “I didn’t see what happened because I was walking straight and didn’t stop. This person grabbed me from behind – not my shoulder, they grabbed me from behind. All I know is that security turned them away. I don’t know with how much force, but security pushed them away. I didn’t stop to look but was able to go inside and have a nice dinner.”
In her statement, Spears denied having “grabbed” the athlete.
“I didn’t know for a couple of hours, but when I got back to the hotel … I thought it wasn’t a big deal, and then Spurs security told me it was Britney Spears,” Wembanyama said. “At first I thought, ‘You’re joking,’ but it turns out it was Britney Spears. I never saw her face. I just kept going straight.”
He was not aware until Thursday that the situation had made headlines.
“I obviously saw the news this morning. “I woke up to a couple of phone calls,” Wembanyama said.
Wembanyama is among the most exciting prospects in the NBA due to his massive 7ft 5in height, youth, technical prowess and ability to shoot from distance.