No Charges Filed Against Brandy
LATEST: R+B star Brandy Norwood has every reason to smile going into 2008 - the Los Angeles City Attorney has decided not to file vehicular manslaughter charges against her over a fatal car collision a year ago (30Dec07). Brandy's car struck the vehicle of Awatef Aboudihaj, pushing it into oncoming traffic and causing her death. Website TMZ.com recently suggested Aboudihaj may have caused the accident by striking the vehicle in front of her and then slamming on her brakes before Brandy made contact with her car. The City Attorney had until Friday (28Dec07) to press charges against Brandy. In a statement, City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan says, "After conducting a thorough investigation, which included consulting with some of the top accident reconstruction experts in the country, City prosecutors concluded that there was insufficient evidence from which a jury could find Ms. Norwood guilty beyond a reasonable doubt." Brandy's lawyer Blair Berk says, "These past 12 months have posed an extraordinary hardship for Brandy and her family, who have been unfairly forced to live under a cloud of suspicion initially caused by the ill-advised and premature press release sent out by the California Highway Patrol accusing Brandy of wrongdoing before the police investigation was even finished. "Brandy continues to be mindful that she was so fortunate to be uninjured in this accident and there was a life lost that should be remembered."