Britney Spears will not be charged with misdemeanor battery on her housekeeper

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Britney Spears will not be charged by the Ventura County DA! The DA was looking into whether Britney should be charged for misdemeanor battery for an incident involving one of her housekeepers. The story was complicated, but basically a housekeeper took Britney’s dogs away and gave them to a dog walker, and when Britney wanted them back, she and the housekeeper argued and Britney possibly slapped the housekeeper’s phone out of her hand. Team Britney evidently felt like Jamie Spears was orchestrating some sh-t behind-the-scenes and trying to make Britney look crazy and violent. Britney ended up firing the housekeeper and she’s not being charged with anything:

Prosecutors have decided not to file a charge against Britney Spears for allegedly swatting her housekeeper’s phone in a dispute at her home last month. In a statement on Wednesday, Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko said there was insufficient evidence that a crime had occurred, and noted the lack of injury to the housekeeper or damage to the phone.

The housekeeper called the authorities on Aug. 16, after a fight over the veterinary care received by Spears’ dog.

“During the argument, Spears was alleged to have slapped a phone out of the housekeeper’s hand,” the D.A.’s office said Wednesday. “The housekeeper indicated that the screen protector to the phone was damaged. The housekeeper had no visible injuries.”

Mathew Rosengart, Spears’ attorney, expressed appreciation that the D.A.’s office rejected the case, and again called it “tabloid fodder.” He also alluded to the media’s past treatment of Spears, which has been the subject of reappraisal in the wake of “Framing Britney Spears,” the documentary about her conservatorship.

“If this involved Jane Doe rather than Britney Spears it would not have been pursued or covered at all,” Rosengart said in a statement. “Anyone can make an accusation but this should never have made it this far and we are glad the DA’s Office has done the right thing. Sadly, it is apparent that some have learned nothing from the past, and we sincerely hope the media and others will be more respectful of Ms. Spears in the future.”

[From Variety]

I think it was a combination of things, it wasn’t just that the housekeeper had no injuries, it was also that Britney is still in the conservatorship and it feels like it would be incredibly tricky legally to charge her with battery. And maybe the investigation did uncover Jamie Spears’ involvement, who knows. Anyway, I’m glad Britney can focus on gaining some freedom and moving on from her father’s control.

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  1. C-Shell says:

    Rosengart is absolutely right. The only reason this went so far is because it involved a celebrity, specifically Britney. It was a really good day when Britney hired Rosengart. He’s, so far, represented her well and strenuously. God, I want Jamie Spears’ malfeasance exposed.

  2. Wiglet Watcher says:

    It would be interesting to know why they’re not moving forward on the case.
    For potential backlash from the public?
    Legal quagmires?
    Because the housekeeper did admit this was orchestrated?
    Or just because the housekeeper stole the pups, stole Britney’s phone and Brit reacted.

    P.S. no where did I read Britney slapped the housekeeper. Just slapped the phone out of her hand. Which could mean only contact with the phone was made.

    • superashes says:

      I think it was the last one. Britney has both a housekeeper and a dogsitter, and it was the housekeeper that took her dogs to the vet, not the dogsitter. It isn’t clear why the housekeeper would have taken them instead of the dogsitter, or why she would need to roll through Britney’s house to take pictures if the concern was the dogs being fed table scraps, or why Britney would have gotten the dogs back if they were really and truly “close to death”, and so on and so forth.

      • pottymouth pup says:

        were the concerns about the dogs being danger really disclosed as he dogs being fed table scraps?

    • Mac says:

      Britney should have filed charges for theft of her dogs.

  3. teecee says:

    This was a setup from a money-hungry housekeeper. I hope she’s doxxed. To take advantage of someone in this situation is vile, and I would want to make sure to never hire her. Plus how long as she worked there, knowing that she was essentially acting as a jailor and a spy? “She was only doing her job” is not an excuse.

    • purple prankster says:

      If the housekeeper was fired I think that’s punishment enough. This was clearly all orchestrated by Jamie, he should take the heat. Mathew Rosengart is doing a good job keeping his foot on that neck!

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ purple prankster, I hope her attorney puts Jamie’s feet to the fire, and then some. He seems to be on top of the case, it will be interesting to see what happens later this month with her father too.

        As for Jamie Spears and people like him who treat their children this way, there is a special hell for them. On a side note, I guess what’s more upsetting is that this is her own father that is causing her this unveiling and unbelievable stress in top of trying to gain control back into her life. You read small stories of how the parents of children actors blow through their children’s earnings, as if they are entitled to it, but Jamie is on another level of narcissistic abuse of power.

        I hope that Britney comes out of this awful situation stronger and better!!

  4. MF1 says:

    Good for Britney. I would lose my shit too if someone stole my dogs and gave them away.

  5. lucy2 says:

    What a mess. I’m so glad Britney has a good lawyer actually looking out for her best interests now. I hope they can remove all the other Jamie Spears people from her life and she gets a fresh start.

  6. Christine says:

    Obviously we don’t know what actually happened but my gut says Britney flipped out about the housekeeper having stolen the dogs and the housekeeper started filming her reaction (for Jamie?) and that’s when the phone was slapped out of her hand. OR Britney was trying to get the phone to delete pictures and in the scuffle the phone was dropped, although I think if that were the case the housekeeper would’ve claimed injury. The only evidence something had happened was a broken screen protector, and who knows if that even happened during this event.

    • Concern Fae says:

      Yes! This. I know there is a “no excuses for slapping a phone away” crowd, but there is truly no excuse for a person caring for someone under a conservatorship to upset that person enough that it came to that.

    • Sigmund says:

      I 100% think the housekeeper had her phone out and was either filming Britney or taking pictures.

      And if Britney was in as bad shape as Jamie claims she is (spoiler: she’s not), then the housekeeper and everyone else who works in that house would be treating her with kid gloves, and not whipping their phones out to get pictures. It definitely felt like a set up.

  7. jferber says:

    I believe the whole this was masterminded by Jamie Spears as justification for his leech-like hold on Britney’s life and money. It almost feels incestuous on his part. I feel suffocated just thinking about it.