Maybe Britney Spears’ aggressive persona in Work B**** rubbed off on her in real life. A dancer is now suing Brit for battery and negligence, after the star allegedly injured her during the video shoot. According to E!News, Dawn Noel claims that Spears was in a “disheveled and confused state,” when she arrived on set for Work B**** on August 19, 2013. She adds that, "although the choreography involving Britney Spears was fairly basic, she was having difficulty learning the moves, performing dance steps and following simple directions."
The dancer has called into question Britney's professionalism on set.
The lawsuit seems to allege that the injury was not intentional on Spears’ part. Noel says that after about a half hour of rehearsing, Spears "twirled in an unbalanced and reckless manner, arms extended out to her sides and forcefully backhanded" her directly in the face.
According to the dancer’s claim, the impact was so forceful, that Britney’s hand made a “cracking sound”, which was even heard by other dancers, when it connected with her nose. The dancer sought medical assistance and was reportedly told by Spears' reps and the Reign Deer Entertainment company that her medical bills would be paid.
However, Noel claims that she was later told that the bills would not be paid, which is why she ultimately filed the suit. The dancer is seeking a jury trial for serious physical and emotional damages including disfigurement to her nose as well as severe emotional distress and anxiety.
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The dancer is demanding a jury trial.