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Spurs security guard accused of slapping Britney Spears

Britney Spears. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images.


San Antonio Spurs security team director Damian Smith is accused of slapping Britney Spears as she attempted to take a picture with the team’s star rookie, Victor Wembanyama. According to TMZ, the incident occurred Wednesday night (July 5) at Catch, a restaurant in Las Vegas’ ARIA Hotel. Law enforcement sources informed TMZ that Spears had filed a police report.

Spears approached Wembanyama (the NBA’s first overall 2023 draft pick) from behind and tapped him on the back, at which point Smith backhanded her across the face, knocking her glasses off and causing her to fall to the ground, per the report. Later, he allegedly came to her table and apologized, claiming he hadn’t seen who she was and had reacted to Wembanyama “being swarmed by fans.”

When reached by The FADER for independent confirmation, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department’s press office sent the following statement: “On July 5, 2023, at approximately 11 p.m., LVMPD officers responded to a property in the 3700 block of Las Vegas Boulevard regarding a battery investigation. The incident has been documented on a police report and no arrest or citations have been issued. No further details will be provided at this time.” The FADER has also reached out to representatives of Britney Spears and the Spurs for comment on the incident.