Police in Southern California have handed an allegation of assault against Britney Spears to prosecutors.
The pop superstar is alleged to have struck her housekeeper earlier this month, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
Mathew Rosengart, the singer’s lawyer, dismissed the claims as “overblown sensational tabloid fodder”.
Now, Captain Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the case has been handed to prosecutors.
The Ventura County District Attorney’s office will decide if Spears should be charged with an offence.
No-one was injured in the incident, which allegedly took place on August 16, police previously said.
Spears, 39, lives in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.
Mr Rosengart became the star’s lawyer in July amid her fight to be freed from the conservatorship that has controlled her life and career for 13 years.
Spears delivered bombshell court testimony in June, describing the legal arrangement as “abusive”.
Her father, Jamie, has agreed to her demands to step down as conservator of her estate, though no timetable has been given for him to do so.
It’s been more than a decade since Britney was placed under the supervision of the conservatorship.
The conservatorship gave her dad Jamie control of regulating every aspect of her life, including restrictions on her spending, her visitors and even the kind of phone she can have.
It was imposed on the pop star 12 years ago following her highly-publicised breakdown and she spent a long time fighting to have Jamie removed as one of her conservators.
He was given leave to negotiate business deals for her, sell her property and even restrict her visitors.
Britney was even forced to account for everything she bought so her purchases could be included in annual spending reports to the court.
In January 2019 she announced she was cancelling her Las Vegas shows and checking into rehab for a month.
During her hiatus from work, the #FreeBritney movement really started to take hold.
The singer’s life was examined in recent documentary Framing Britney Spears which shone a light on the conservatorship.
The singer has since made her feelings clear about the arrangement, giving testimony to a court hearing in Los Angeles calling for the conservatorship to be wound down.
She has since hired a new lawyer and filed a petition with the court to bring the arrangement to an end.