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Britney Spears speaks out about 'traumatic' Victor Wembanyama incident, claims his security 'backhanded me in the face' Spears has filed a police report over the incident, and claims she's gotten no apology from the NBA player or the San Antonio Spurs.
Britney Spears is speaking out about Wednesday's incident involving San Antonio Spurs basketball player Victor Wembanyama's security team. In a statement, the superstar singer claimed she was "backhanded" in "the face" as she approached Wembanyama to "congratulate him on his success."
Spears ran into Wembanyama, the NBA's 2023 No. 1 overall pick, in Las Vegas. While the singer prefaced her comments by saying it's a "traumatic" and "super embarrassing" story to share, she said she wanted to tell her side to urge "people in the public eye to set an example and treat all people with respect." As of Thursday afternoon, the "Toxic" singer claimed she had not gotten an apology from Wembanyama or the Spurs, but thanked the Las Vegas Police Department, who are investigating the incident.
Here's what's going on.
Spears breaks silence about 'traumatic' incident
Hours after the story made headlines, the singer released the following statement on social media:
Traumatic experiences are not new to me and I have had my fair share of them. I was not prepared for what happened to me last night. 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. 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 statement where he mentions 'I grabbed him from behind' but I simply tapped him on the shoulder. His security then backhanded me in the face without looking back, in front of a crowd. Nearly knocking me down and causing my glasses off my face.
I get swarmed by people all the time. In fact that night, I was swarmed by a group of at least 20 fans. My security team didn't hit any of them.
This story is super embarrassing to share with the world but it's out there already. However, I think it's important to share this story and to urge people in the public eye to set an example and treat all people with respect.
Physical violence is happening too much in this world. Often behind close doors. I stand with al the victims and my heart goes out to all of you!!! I have yet to get a public apology from the player, his security or their organization. I hope they will...
I cherish the tremendous amount of love and support I am receiving at the moment. Thank you to the Las Vegas PD and the detectives for their support.