Although the security guard will not face criminal charges, the 41-year-old pop star is speaking out after a video of the incident surfaced on social media, showing that Britney really did tap Victor on the back and did not “grab” him, as he previously claimed.
Britney Spears Addresses Victor Wembanyama’s Security Guard Slap: ‘My Reaction Was Priceless’
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On Friday night, the “Hold Me Closer” took to Instagram to make a new statement hours after it was announced that the security guard who struck her would not be facing charges. “I’ve been working in the industry for years and have been with some of the most famous people in the world … NSYNC at one point were like The Beatles … girls would throw themselves at them everywhere we went … not one time in my life has a security guard ever hit another person !!!” Britney began.
“I’m not sharing this to be a victim … I SIMPLY GET IT HONESTLY … my reaction was priceless … BAD ??? YES … I’ve had documentaries done about me and none of which I approved … I have felt helpless in most situations and my experience in Vegas and my reaction was a cry out on all levels … I will say it !!!” she went on.
“No, I don’t feel like I have been treated as an equal person in this country … of course when I watched the video myself … the people who actually swarmed around me when they heard me get hit made me feel like I mattered !!!” she added, revealing that she had watched the security footage of herself being struck.
“I wasn’t aware of that at the time … all people could hear was me saying f*ck you all … which was WAY BETTER THAN HITTING HIM BACK 🙄🙄 🙄 !!! Either way, I’m still a huge fan of the NBA player … it’s not his fault his security hit me … sh*t happens !!!” she concluded. “I hope you’re all having a wonderful Friday !!!”
Britney Screamed In A British Accent Following The Security Guard Slap
On Friday afternoon, TMZ posted a video that showed what really happened on Wednesday night. Although fans were skeptical when one eyewitness claimed that Britney was talking in a British accent, the video shows Britney approaching Victor saying, “Sir, Sir!” in a British accent. She then reaches up and taps him on the left shoulder, countering Victor’s previous claim that she “grabbed” him from behind.
Victor’s security guard then slaps Britney’s hand away from Victor. It’s not clear from the direction of the video if the security guard’s hand struck her face or if the security guard hit Britney’s hand, which then bounced back against her own face. Regardless, fans can hear the slap. Although she did not fall to the ground as initial reports stated, her glasses did go flying off her face.
Britney then screamed, “That’s America for you. F— you all” in a British accent before heading back to her table. On Friday morning, a different eyewitness told TMZ that Britney’s security team brought Victor’s security guard over to apologize. According to the eyewitness, Britney was “in shock” and “angry” and retreated to the bathroom after the exchange.
Britney Spears Says She Has Received No Apology From Victor Or Security Guard
In a statement posted to Instagram on Thursday night, Britney shared what happened in her own words. “I recognized an athlete in my hotel lobby as I was heading to dinner. I later went to a restaurant at a different hotel and saw him again,” she explained. “I decided to approach him and congratulate him on his success. It was really loud, so I tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention.”
“I am aware of the players [sic] statement where he mentions ‘I grabbed him from behind’ but I simply tapped him on the shoulder,” she wrote. “His security then back handed me in the face without looking back, in front of a crowd. Nearly knocking me down and causing my glasses off my face.”
Later on in her statement, the pop star revealed that she never received an apology from Victor or the organization that represents his security team. “I have yet to get a public apology from the player, his security or their organization,” she wrote, adding, “I hope they will…”
Update: Britney Is On Her Way To Italy!
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It looks like Britney is eager to put this whole matter behind her, as she is looking to head to Italy tomorrow.
“I’m posting this cause I’m going to Italy 🇮🇹 tomorrow and I’m wearing the EXACT jacket I’m wearing here in these pics,” she wrote in the caption. “I have no clue where this is but I’m AWARE of the MIC 🎤 in my hand !!!”