- 20 Aug 21
In the midst of the pop star's conservatorship battle, Spears will now face an investigation over the alleged misdemeanor battery.
Britney Spears will face investigation over an alleged misdemeanor battery incident.
Spears' employee called the Ventura County Sheriff's Department to make the allegation that Spears struck her following a dispute at Spears' home in Thousand Oaks on Monday, August 16, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Spears' lawyer Matthew Rosengart dismissed the allegations, calling them "sensational tabloid fodder" and saying it is "nothing more than a manufactured 'he said she said' regarding a cell phone, with no striking and obviously no injury whatsoever."
Spears has been named as a suspect in the incident, and after the Ventura County Sheriff's Department investigation, the reports will be sent to the Ventura County District Attorney to determine if Spears will face charges.
"Anyone can make an accusation, but this should have been closed immediately," Rosengart said. "To its credit, the Sheriff's office itself has acknowledged that the incident was classified as a 'very minor misdemeanor' and confirmed 'there were no injuries.' If this did not involve Britney Spears it never would have been reported at all."
The allegations come in the midst of the battle over Spears' conservatorship. Earlier this month, Rosengart filed documents asking the judge to speed up ruling of the conservatorship case, which was later denied. Last week, Spears' father Jamie Spears said he'd be willing to step down as conservator only "when the time is right."
Though the validity of the allegations is still unknown, supporters hope that this incident – whether true or not – does not hinder Spears from receiving the freedom and justice from her conservatorship that she deserves.