Britney Spears clapped back at a radio station for “talking s-t” about her, after being smacked by the security guard of NBA player Victor Wembanyama.
The “Toxic” singer stated in an Instagram video late Tuesday that the news report indicated she “deserved to be smacked” and downplayed the assault as security “doing their job and protecting their client,” which pushed her to share her own experience with fame.
“I’ve been with the most famous people in the world. *NSYNC at one time, girls would, like, literally throw themselves at them,” she said.
“On my way into the place, I was knocked down by, like, three 12-year-olds trying to get my picture. My security, not one time, touched them or even came near them.”
Spears, 41, also stated that she “didn’t appreciate” those who claimed she “deserved to be hit because no woman ever deserves to be hit.”
The Grammy winner did not name the radio station or DJ who allegedly made the remarks.
Spears admits she received an apology half an hour after the incident occurred on July 5 while dining at Catch in Las Vegas, but she had “yet to receive a public apology” from Wembanyama, 19, or the security guard in question, Damian Smith.
When news of the incident first broke, the pro athlete claimed the pop star had grabbed him, prompting his security to respond aggressively; however, released footage eventually revealed Spears’ version of the story – that she had simply patted him on the shoulder.
Following the incident, Spears filed a battery report with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which ultimately declined to press criminal charges against Smith after an investigation.
An officer stated in the police report that the decision was taken “due to the fact that [Smith] did not willfully or unlawfully use any force or violence upon Britney and probable cause did not exist, an arrest was not made, and a citation was not given.”
Spears subsequently said she felt “helpless” in the scenario, comparing it to her 13-year conservatorship.
“I don’t feel like I have been treated as an equal person in this country,” she wrote on Instagram last Friday. “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!!!”