- by cnn
- 29 Nov 2023
Officials were called to the southern California home of Britney Spears on Wednesday to conduct a wellness check after the singer posted a video on social media depicting her dancing with knives.
Someone close to Spears called authorities "genuinely concerned about her wellbeing," Ventura County Sheriff's Office Captain Dean Worthy told CNN.
"Some would argue this is her expressing her creative freedom, and some might argue this is dangerous and there's a safety issue or mental health concern," said Worthy, but authorities opted to check on the singer's well-being due to the initial call from someone close to Spears.
CNN has reached out to a representative for Spears for comment.
The initial call from the Spears associate, whom authorities are not naming, was to the Los Angeles Police Department mental health assessment team, which then referred the call to the sheriff's office, said Worthy.
The sheriff's office dispatched a sergeant who "has had multiple prior contacts with Ms. Spears over the course of many years" and who had rapport with the singer, to the star's home in Thousand Oaks, California, to check on her wellbeing, said Worthy.
The sergeant arrived at the Spears home, Worthy said, and was contacted over an entrance intercom by a member of Spears' security team. The sergeant "explained he was there based on information [Spears] may be experiencing a potential mental health crisis or in danger of self-harm," said Worthy.
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