The incident took place outside Catch restaurant in Las Vegas on Wednesday (July 5).
According to Victor Wembanyama (Wemby), he was walking into a restaurant with team security, and he heard a person calling him, but he didn’t stop because his security advised him not to because it would make a crowd.
He said the person that was calling him grabbed him from behind, not on his shoulders, and his security pushed her away, but he’s not sure how much force they used.
He said he didn’t stop to look. He just kept walking and enjoyed a nice dinner.
He said he didn’t know it was Britney Spears until he returned to his hotel after dinner.
Watch Wemby give his account of what happened below:
Britney Spears took to her Instagram to give her account of what happened.
Traumatic experiences are not new to me and I have had my fair share of them. I was not prepared for whot happened to me last night. I recognized an athlete in my hotel lobby as I was heading to dinner. I later went to a restaurant at a different hotel and saw him again. I decided to approach him and congratulate him on his success. It was really loud, so I tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention. I am aware of the players statement where he mentions ‘I grabbed him from behind’ but I simply tapped him on the shoulder. His security then back handed me in the face without looking back, in front of a crowd. Nearly knocking me down and causing my glasses off my face.
I get swarmed by people all the time. In fact, that night, I was swarmed by a group of at least 20 fans. My security team didn’t hit any of them.
See Britney’s original IG post below:
An eyewitness who was at the scene where the alleged slap happened said he did see Wemby’s security backhand Britney.
Watch the eyewitness’ give his account below:
Reportedly, Metro PD launched a criminal investigation and interviewed Britney Thursday morning (July 6), and the case will “likely” be referred to the D.A. for review.
Victor Wembanyama has been projected to be the most skilled #1 draft pick since LeBron James, who was drafted in 2003.
Wemby was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs on June 22, 2023.
He is currently in Las Vegas because he makes his NBA Summer League debut Friday night (July 7) against the Charlotte Hornets.