Britney Spears under investigation for alleged battery

"This is overblown sensational tabloid fodder," Spears' attorney told ABC News.

August 19, 2021, 6:18 PM

Britney Spears is under investigation for alleged battery stemming from an altercation with an employee, according to Capt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

An employee filed a complaint after Spears allegedly struck them during a dispute on Monday morning, Buschow said, adding that the employee was not injured.

The sheriff's office will forward their findings to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office for consideration of misdemeanor charges. A source from the sheriff's office added that this is a very minor case.

"This is overblown sensational tabloid fodder -- nothing more than a 'he said she said' regarding a cell phone, with no striking and obviously no injury whatsoever," Spears' attorney, Mathew Rosengart, told ABC News. "Anyone can make an accusation but this should have been closed immediately."

PHOTO:Britney Spears arrives for the premiere of "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" in Hollywood, Calif., July 22, 2019.
Britney Spears arrives for the premiere of "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" in Hollywood, Calif., July 22, 2019.
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Recently, Spears, 39, has been focused on ousting her father, Jamie Spears, from the conservatorship that has governed her life since 2008. Last week, Jamie Spears filed court documents stating that he would be willing to resign as conservator of his daughter's estate, even though he believes it is "highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. [Britney] Spears' best interests."

Professional fiduciary Jodi Montgomery currently serves as the conservator of the pop star's personal life. Rosengart has asked for a professional fiduciary to replace Jamie Spears, too.

"Even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests," Jamie Spears' court filing stated. "So, even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter's new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator."

Last month, Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor, filed court documents asking to replace Jamie Spears, in which he called the current arrangement a "Kafkaesque nightmare" that has "grown increasingly toxic and is simply no longer tenable."

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