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Britney Spears under investigation after staff alleges she was struck by singer

The singer's lawyer has called the investigation "overblown sensational tabloid fodder". 

Britney Spears under investigation after staff alleges she was struck by singer
Authorities say they are investigating Spears for misdemeanor battery after a staff member at her home said the singer struck her. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Britney Spears is under investigation over misdemeanour battery after a staff member at her home alleged the singer struck her, authorities said on Thursday (Aug 19). 

Deputies responded to Spears' home in Southern California after the staff member reported the Monday night dispute, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said. 

No one was injured. 

Reports taken by deputies will be handed over to prosecutors for consideration, the sheriff's office said, giving no further details. 

Spears' attorney Matthew Rosengart said in an email that the investigation is "overblown sensational tabloid fodder nothing more than a manufactured 'he said she said' regarding a cellphone, with no striking and obviously no injury whatsoever".

"Anyone can make an accusation but this should have been closed immediately," Rosengart said. 

Spears has a home in Thousand Oaks, about 64km west of downtown Los Angeles. 

Spears, 39, hired Rosengart  last month as she seeks to regain greater control of her life 13 years into a court conservatorship that has power over her money and affairs.

In court hearings, Spears called the conservatorship "abusive". 

Rosengart has made his first priority removing Spears' father, James Spears, from his role as conservator of his finances. 

James Spears said in a court filing last week that he has a plan in the works to step down, but gave no timetable. 

Source: AP/sr

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