Britney Spears and Victor Wembanyama were captured on camera approaching the restaurant’s entrance.
Spears can be seen approaching the NBA player from behind; a witness claims she then attempted to tap him on the shoulder, leading to a physical altercation with security.
9:46 AM PT — We just received contradictory information about the police investigation from a senior member of the Metropolitan Police Department. According to our source, this is indeed a criminal investigation and the incident is being treated “as seriously as a heart attack.” The source adds that the case will “likely” be referred to the district attorney, although this does not necessarily indicate that criminal charges will be filed.
9:10 AM PT — This morning, Britney will reportedly meet with Las Vegas police officials to discuss the incident.
According to law enforcement sources, the officers who responded to ARIA reviewed security camera footage that showed Smith pushing Britney’s hand away… and then Britney’s hand, not Smith’s, striking her in the face. Officers did not address the velocity of the swing’s force.
8:23 AM PT — Damian Smith, the Director of Team Security for the Spurs, is named in the police report as the individual who slapped Britney, according to law enforcement sources cited by TMZ. According to our sources, the matter is not being investigated as a criminal matter because police determined Smith was not attempting to harm Britney but rather to defend Victor Wembanyama.
Britney Spears has filed a police report after a member of NBA superstar Victor Wembanyama’s security allegedly struck her in the face with a backhand on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
At approximately 8:30 p.m., the incident occurred at the Catch restaurant in the ARIA Hotel. Britney, her husband Sam Asghari, and two other individuals dined at the restaurant. As she entered the casino, fans surrounded her.