Britney Spears Addresses ‘Embarrassing’ Incident With Bodyguard
Britney Spears and her husband Sam Asghari have released their recounts of the incident where an NBA star’s bodyguard allegedly struck the pop star.
On Wednesday (July 5), Spears was eating a meal at the Catch restaurant inside the Aria Resort & Casino. She apparently approached San Antonio Spurs player Victor Wembanyama to ask for a photo before she was struck by one of his bodyguards. After the report was released, Spears created an Instagram post and Story addressing the situation that she was not prepared for.
“I decided to approach him and congratulate him on his success,” she recalled. “It was really loud, so I tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention.” She noted that she is “aware of the player’s 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.”
Wembanyama told reporters earlier in the day that he didn’t see what happened but that the “security pushed her away.” He added that he “didn’t stop to look so I could walk in and enjoy a nice dinner.”
“I get swarmed by people all the time,” Spears continued in her statement. “In fact, that night. I was swarmed by a group of at least 20 fans. My security team didn’t hit any of them.” Spears concluded the post by asking people in the public eye to set a respectful example and thanked the Las Vegas Police Department for their help.
Asghari later released two Instagram Stories with his statement regarding the altercation. He noted that “the defense of any woman, especially my wife, is not debatable.” When he witnessed the alleged altercation, he considered his reaction “subdued considering what occurred.” Asghari hoped that the NBA player’s security detail will learn a lesson and “changes his disregard for women.”
In a follow-up post, Asghari hopes that this “violent behavior of an out-of-control security guard” will not overshadow the up and coming basketball player.