May 19, 2022

Captain Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department confirms to PEOPLE that Britney Spears is a suspect in a battery investigation. A staffer reported that the singer, 39, “struck them during a dispute” while inside her residence. According to a source close to Spears, the alleged misdemeanor battery incident is a complete fabrication.

“Ultimately, that investigation will be forwarded to the attorney’s office for review. It’s a minor misdemeanor battery [investigation],” according to Capt. Buschow, there were no reported injuries.

However, another insider close to Spears tells PEOPLE that she “didn’t hit anyone.”

“The housekeeper was holding her phone, and Britney tried to knock it out of her hands,” the insider explains.

Mathew Rosengart, Spears’ attorney, has not remarked on the incident.

Buschow declined to “discuss the particulars” of the event but stated that misdemeanor battery happens when another person is “physically contacted.”

According to TMZ, the altercation occurred after the employee took Spears’ dog to the veterinarian, and the two disagreed about the dog’s health. Captain Buschow and Spears’ attorney have declined to comment on the facts of the conflict.

The event occurred just days after her father, Jamie Spears, stated that he would not resign as her estate conservator until the “perfect time” came.

“Mr. Spears is willing to step down when the time is right, but the transition needs to be orderly and includes a resolution of matters pending before the Court,” Jamie’s lawyer stated in a new filing. “In order to reach that result, the Court should encourage all interested parties to meet and confer in order to resolve those pending matters in the best interests of Ms. Spears.”

Britney has been campaigning for months to get her father removed as an estate conservator and has accused him of conservatorship abuse. Her counsel petitioned to have him removed from his position. Britney’s personal conservator, Jodi Montgomery, previously stated that the action was supported by Britney’s medical staff.