The pop star was due to marry Sam Asghari at her hilltop mansion in Thousand Oaks when Ventura County Sheriff’s officers were called to the residence in response to a report of a break-in, police said.
The suspect in the trespassing was identified as Jason Alexander, according to Sgt. Cyrus Zadeh with the sheriff’s office. Alexander was confronted by security when he entered the singer’s premises, and an altercation ensued between him and two security guards, Zadeh told CNN. Both security guards were assaulted in the physical struggle.
Alexander was arrested and charged with trespass, two battery violations and a charge of felony vandalism, Zadeh said. Authorities also learned that Alexander was wanted on a theft warrant in Napa County. CNN is in the process of determining whether Alexander has legal representation.
Spears was married to Alexander, a childhood friend, for about 55 hours in 2004, before the marriage was annulled.
“He was being held, handcuffed and I’m happy to report, arrested. Fortunately, Britney is safe,” Mathew S. Rosengart, a Spears attorney, told CNN in a statement. “I am outraged by this security breach and am working closely with law enforcement to ensure he is aggressively prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Rosengart did not respond when asked for comment on whether Spears and Asghari’s wedding took place after the incident.
Spears has been engaged to Asghari, a personal trainer turned actor, since September last year. The couple met in 2016 when Asghari co-starred with Spears in the video for her single “Slumber Party.”
The pop star icon was previously married to Alexander and dancer Kevin Federline, with whom she shares two sons.