Pop Star Britney Spears Under Investigation Over Misdemeanor After Welting An Employee
An employee of the singer called the Ventura County Sherriff’s Department to report the incident.
A housekeeper for Britney Spears has accused the pop icon of striking her during a dispute Monday morning at the star’s Southern California home, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The employee claims that Spears, who has been embroiled in a court battle over ending her conservatorship, confronted her when she returned to the house.
Capt. Eric Buschow confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Spears has been named as a suspect in a battery investigation after allegedly striking an employee during a dispute while in her home in Thousand Oaks on the morning of Aug. 16.
Buschow confirmed the employee called the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department to report the incident. Deputies conducted an investigation and will be forwarding reports to the Ventura County District Attorney to determine if charges will be filed against Spears.
Spears’ lawyer Mathew Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor, called the allegation “sensational tabloid fodder.”
“This is … nothing more than an overblown alleged misdemeanor involving a ‘he said she said’ about a cell phone, with no striking and obviously no injury whatsoever,” Rosengart said in an email statement. “Anyone can make an accusation. This should have been closed immediately.”
The 39-year-old singer is currently seeking an end to her conservatorship of 13 years. Last week, her father, Jamie Spears, agreed to step away from his role as conservator just weeks after her new legal team filed a petition to remove him and replace him with a CPA. However, the exact timing of that transition remains unclear.
Spears alleged that her conservatorship was “abusive” and that if she didn’t comply with the demands of her father or management, she was told she would not be able to see her children. She told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny during her June 23 testimony that her father ruined her life and “loved” to hear her in pain while he exerted his power over her.