In the clip, Spears, 41, can be seen approaching the 19-year-old San Antonio Spurs player from behind and reaching out to him. Wembanyama does not turn around to face Spears, seemingly disputing his claim that she "grabbed me from behind." It's difficult to make out what happens in the video, especially considering the angle, but it does show people crowding around Spears in concern just moments after a member of Wembanyama's security moves their arm in the direction of the pop star.
While the blur of arms resembles the initial claims that Spears was "backhanded," authorities interpret the incident differently.
"Police say surveillance video shows Spears inadvertently hit herself in the face after her hand was pushed off Wembanyama," the Associated Press writes, adding that the investigation has concluded and no charges will be pressed.
In his comments on the incident, Wembanyama said he didn't stop walking because he was told by his team not to. "That person grabbed me from behind," he said. "Not on my shoulder, she grabbed me from behind. So I looked at the security to push her away. I don't how it was forced though. Security pushed her away and I didn't stop to look so I kept walking."
He added that he didn't know it was the Grammy-winner until a "couple hours" later, saying, "It turns out it was Britney Spears, but I never saw her face."
A portion of Spears' statement released Thursday read, "Traumatic experiences are not new to me and I have had my fair share of them. I was not prepared for what happened to me last night."
She wrote that she "decided to approach" the NBA star to "congratulate him on his success." She denied grabbing him and said she was "backhanded" in the face by security.