Britney Spears will not face criminal charges after an employee accused her of misdemeanor battery, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
The 39-year-old singer had been accused of knocking a phone out of her housekeeper’s hand during an Aug.
16 argument over veterinary care for Spears’ dogs.
Britney Spears won’t face charges after being accused of assault by housekeeper
The housekeeper filed a report with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department for alleged misdemeanor battery, indicating damage to the phone’s screen protector. The employee had no visible injuries.
Misdemeanor unit supervisor Blake Heller reviewed the case; however, prosecutors declined to file charges against Spears based “on insufficient evidence that a crime had occurred and the absence of injury to the housekeeper or significant damage to the phone.”
In a statement obtained Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, said, “To its credit, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office has now formally rejected, as expected, the misdemeanor charge against Britney Spears, which the Sheriff’s Department itself has acknowledged was a ”. very minor incident ‘or’ extremely minor’ even as alleged, and there was also no hitting and obviously no injuries.”
“This should never have gotten this far and we’re glad the District Attorney’s Office did the right thing.”
TMZ previously reported that the incident occurred after the employee took Spears’ dogs to the vet and discussed the animals’ welfare.
Although the animals were reportedly removed from Spears’ home, the pop star “was reunited with her dogs before the weekend.”