The 38-year-old Scandal star, who used to dance backup for the 39-year-old Glory pop superstar in the early ’00s, claimed that he had a fling with Britney and her parents referred to him using a racial slur.
In his 2020 autobiography Short Stories, he said Britney pursued him in 2003 when he was working with her as a dancer and producer, and that they were intimate together on a trip to Rome.
In his book, he alleged that he and Britney got close before the release of her 2003 album, In The Zone.
“She sent us a jet, and just like that, we were in New York having a wild party for my 21st birthday,” he wrote, claiming that they partied at “Keith Richards’ apartment uptown…and we were all in there going crazy.”
He wrote that Britney “was on me like white on rice, and would not leave me alone the entire night. Britney had her eyes on the prize and wasn’t about to stop until she got what she wanted.”
She allegedly pulled him aside at the party and insisted he travel with her to Rome to prep for her next video.
“I really tried my best, but this girl put on the full-court press. We ended up being intimate that one time. I never slept with her again after that, though. This was a dangerous sexual alliance for every reason under sun, and I think that the worst part of it was that I was making the rumors an actual reality.”
While on their trip, he claims: “I was next to [Britney] while she was on the phone with them crying while she had it on speaker.” He claims he heard them say “Why are you f–king that n—-r?” And that, “Britney looked at me so apologetically, knowing I’d heard it. I shook my head and didn’t say anything, because what was there to say?”
He alleged that when the two were traveling to shoot the video for “Me Against the Music,” her manager “was growing more upset with the continued press … and her parents were NOT happy,” eventually leading to a falling-out during a game of truth or dare, when Britney apparently said she would marry Columbus, while he said it would be his girlfriend at that time.
“I was fired not too long after that, and Britney changed her number so I couldn’t contact her,” he wrote, adding that he learned: “Don’t s–t where you eat, even if you really have to go.”
He then discussed it on Inside Hollywood.
“I wasn’t shocked when it happened. Look where they’re from … they’re from Louisiana. The way it came out was so effortless, like that’s how they speak. I wasn’t shocked and I wasn’t hurt by it, I was just like, ‘Wow, this is … OK … I know who I am around here…because they have black bodyguards doesn’t mean behind closed doors they don’t use that word.”
“After that I felt like maybe [Britney] was using me to piss them off for some reason. I think she is a really sweet person that was tormented in a position on a high level that I can’t imagine. I liken it to Princess Diana. She was the pop princess. Britney couldn’t go nowhere — her world [was] completely controlled in this bubble. There would be times that she would act out, and I don’t blame her. She was trying to find her way. I love Britney to this day… I feel bad for her. I wish the world knew the Britney I knew.”
Britney recently talked about her body’s appearance on Instagram.