Did Britney Spears assault her housekeeper? Singer denies battery claims amid police complaint
'This is sensational tabloid fodder — nothing more than an overblown alleged misdemeanor involving a 'he-said-she-said',' said Britney's attorney
Amid all the controversy surrounding her conservatorship battle, singer Britney Spears is facing a serious allegation of assault. Spears' housekeeper alleged that the singer swatted the phone out of her hands during a heated altercation concerning her pet dogs. Her housekeeper went ahead and lodged a complaint with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. Meanwhile, Britney Spears' attorney Mathew Rosengart vehemently denied the allegations, dubbing it "tabloid fodder".
The 'Toxic' singer has been in the limelight of late due to her ongoing legal battle over her conservatorship. She raised concerns in the past few weeks with a series of topless photos, which she later clarified was her way of portraying emancipation — something she yearns for in her personal life as well. Her father Jamie Spears recently agreed to step down from his conservatorship role, though he has not specified a time frame for the same. Amid her legal battle, a complaint of this nature might pose a risk of tarnishing the singer's image gravely.
According to Britney Spears' housekeeper, she was assigned to take one of Britney's dogs to the veterinarian. However, there were certain issues with the treatment which irked Britney when she heard about it later. As the housekeeper returned home around 10.25 am on August 16, Britney allegedly confronted her. The argument escalated and turned physical when the singer slapped a phone out of the housekeeper's hands, according to the woman's complaint. Ventura County Sheriff's Office later confirmed the complaint saying, "Ms Spears struck her. There were no injuries during the incident."
The 39-year-old singer reportedly refused to talk to the sheriff's deputies when they contacted her. Later, her attorney Rosengart told DailyMail, "This is sensational tabloid fodder — nothing more than an overblown alleged misdemeanor involving a 'he-said-she-said' regarding a cell phone, with no striking and obviously no injury whatsoever. Anyone can make an accusation. This should have been closed immediately."
Under Californian law, misdemeanor battery can be punishable for up to six months in prison and a penalty amount. Meanwhile, the sheriff's office stated that they would submit the findings of their investigation to the District Attorney's Office and the prosecutors will determine if a charge of misdemeanor battery should be filed against Spears.