All he wanted to do was dance, he says.
Britney Spears had just finished singing “(You Drive Me) Crazy” when this crazy little thing happened on stage in Las Vegas Wednesday night.
Jesse Webb, 37, of Kansas City, jumped on stage to dance.
He didn’t get much of a chance before a group of Spears’ topless backup dancers and security personnel muscled him to the floor.
At first, Spears did not see the scuffle at the other end of the Planet Hollywood stage. But then members of her security team surrounded her. She was visibly shaken.
“Is everything okay? What’s going on,” she could be heard asking.
“He’s got a gun?” she asked, visibly unnerved as one of her knees buckled.
She was led off stage, and the show continued after a brief delay.
There was no gun, but there were plenty of photos and video snippets on social media.
Webb managed to get in a cartwheel before he was taken down.
When his mugshot hit the internet, Spears’ fans tracked him down on Facebook and came after him with a vengeance there and on Twitter.
Webb posted an explanation, now deleted, on his Facebook page portraying himself as an excited fan.
The Kansas City Star reached out to him for a comment and has not heard back.
“Just to clarify, no one was trying to attack Britney,” wrote Webb, who was apparently at the concert with another friend from the Kansas City area. “I had tickets to the concert and Randy and I were dancing at our seats.
“One of the ushers approached us and told us that the only dancing that’s going to be done, will be on stage. So we went on stage. I had no intention to approach Britney. The news really blew this out of proportion.”
Friends have rushed to his defense on social media as well, one writing on Facebook that “people who ACTUALLY know Jesse know he’s harmless and it was him just being him.”
One person said they were glad he wasn’t hurt because “security is not (messing) around anymore” after the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, and the shooting death last year of “Voice” singer Christina Grimmie after a show in Florida.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrested Webb for trespassing, according to a statement from the department. They said security had asked Webb to leave the concert before jumping on stage and dancing. He was taken to the Clark County Detention Center.
Webb was released from jail Thursday and is due back in Las Vegas Justice Court on Oct. 24, according to the Las Vegas Journal-Review.