Dancer Sues: Britney Spears Broke My Nose

And didn't pay medical bills, lawsuit claims

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 6, 2014 8:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – A backup dancer for Britney Spears says the "disheveled and confused" singer smacked her in the face during a rehearsal last year, breaking her nose. Dawn Noel is now suing Spears, alleging the star refused to pay Noel's medical bills after the August 19 incident near LA, NBC News reports. Noel says Spears showed up in the aforementioned state, and had trouble with the "fairly basic" choreography involved in the "Work B**ch" music video. She was having trouble learning the steps and "following simple directions," the lawsuit says, and then disaster struck when Spears started twirling "in an unbalanced and reckless manner."

Her arms were extended at the time, and she ended up "forcefully backhand[ing]" Noel "in the face," the lawsuit says. The dancer's nose broke with a loud crack, but all Spears said was "sorry" before continuing on with the routine, it continues. Noel also tried to stay and dance, but ultimately had to see a doctor, and ended up needing surgery. She says Spears initially agreed to pay her medical bills, but later reneged. She wants an unspecified amount of money, claiming the injury is a "permanent disability" that has kept her from working. (In other Britney news, she apparently hates the way she looks and wants a "total body makeover.")

Britney Spears performs during a free outdoor concert at the Revolution Monument in Mexico City, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011.   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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