The security guard at the center of the Britney Spears/Victor Wembanyama slapping incident will not face criminal charges after police determine Spears inadvertently ‘punched herself in the face’ when her hand was pushed back from the NBA star.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said Friday its investigation into the incident, which is now complete, did not find the security guard accused of slapping Spears for willfully or unlawfully using force against She.
According to the report, police said surveillance footage from the event “showed Britney going to tap the Spurs player on the shoulder. When she touched the player, [Damian Smith, the Director of Team Security for the Spurs] pushes her hand away from the player without looking, resulting in Britney’s hand hitting herself in the face.
Spears and her team first filed a police report, alleging Smith ‘flipped’ her when she tried to get Wembanyama’s attention by tapping him on the shoulder inside the ARIA hotel in Vegas on Wednesday.
Wembanyama responded to the incident on Thursday, saying Spears “grabbed [him] from behind”, which led to the altercation.
Spears took to social media later that day to refute Wembanyama’s claims.
“I decided to approach him and congratulate him on his success,” Spears wrote of the incident. “It was really loud so I tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention. I’m aware of the player’s statement where he mentions ‘I grabbed him from behind’ but I just tapped him on the ‘shoulder.”
Cellphone footage obtained by TMZ appears to show Spears did attempt to tap Wembanyama on his shoulder – but didn’t catch him. The security guard is then seen shoving her hand away, causing her to punch herself in the face and knock off her glasses.
No arrests were made and no one was cited after Las Vegas police determined no one deliberately or unlawfully used force or violence against Spears.
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