Britney Spears apologizes after encounter with Victor Wembanyama’s security


Britney Spears sought an apology on Thursday after alleging an N.B.A. player’s security detail struck her in the face outside a Las Vegas restaurant when she tried to greet Victor Wembanyama.

In a tweet regarding the incident, Spears didn’t specify Wembanyama but alluded to statements he had made prior. The 41-year-old mentioned she spotted “an athlete” at two hotels that night, so she chose to pay him a compliment at the second establishment near a eatery. It was then that her attempt was thwarted as a guard smacked her face, making her eyewear fly off and almost causing her downfall.

Spears said she was still waiting for an apology from the unnamed party involved in the incident, which occurred at a property on Las Vegas Boulevard on Wednesday night. Law enforcement sources told multiple news outlets including Variety and People that officers responded to the location, however, no arrests or citations were issued. TMZ initially reported the incident on Thursday morning. Regarding further comment, a lawyer for Spears, Mathew S. Rosengart said that they were allowing the police department to handle its investigation and declined to make any additional statements beyond her client’s statement.

During a meeting with reporters in Las Vegas on Thursday, Wembanyama offered a different take on events before Spears’ tweet. He said that “there was one person calling me,” but Spurs security had told him not to stop for anyone, since doing so could have drawn a crowd. A person grabbed him from behind and not on his shoulder, he said.

Wembanyama said he didn’t realize the woman was Spears until hours later. “I didn’t stop to look, so I kept walking and enjoyed a nice dinner,” he said.

She said she was “not prepared for what happened” and that discussing it publicly was “super embarrassing.”

She said it’s important to share this story and to encourage people in public office to set an example and treat everyone with respect. She received a letter of apology from the player, his team, and his security. A 19-year-old, Wembanyama was the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft last month. Starting Friday in Las Vegas, he will play in the N.B.A.’s summer league.

The Spurs did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Thursday. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department did not respond to an email request for comment. The department’s public records office said they could not answer a specific case on the phone and that a request for records could take between three and five days to be processed.

In the last season with Metropolitans 92, a French professional team, Wembanyama averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.