Britney Spears accused of assaulting housekeeper, under investigation for battery - reports

Britney Spears is being investigated by authorities after one of her housekeepers accused her of assault during an alleged argument over one of the pop star's dogs.

According to TMZ, Spears' housekeeper alerted the police to an incident that reportedly took place at the 'Toxic' singer's house, after the employee returned from the vet with one of the dogs. 

"The housekeeper told cops she had taken one of Brit's dogs to the vet, claiming there were issues with the treatment of the pet," TMZ reported. 

"We're told the housekeeper claims Britney confronted her when she got back from the vet, they argued about the dog's wellness - and then Britney allegedly slapped the housekeeper's phone out of her hands." 

Sources reportedly told the celebrity gossip website Ventura County Sheriff's deputies attempted to make contact with Spears after the housekeeper filed a report, but the star refused to speak with them.

TMZ claims an insider from Spears' camp denies there was any physical altercation. Meanwhile, the authorities are reportedly continuing to investigate, and will submit the file to the District Attorney's Office which will decide whether a misdemeanor battery charge will be filed against Spears. 

The Grammy winner has not yet commented on the controversy, but has been active on social media since the allegations made headlines, sharing a video of her dancing to Prince on Instagram.