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Prosecutors in Los Angeles say they won't charge singer Brandy in deadly 2006 freeway crash

Prosecutors in Los Angeles say they won't charge singer Brandy in deadly 2006 freeway crash

The Los Angeles city attorney's office said it will not charge Brandy in a deadly December 2006 freeway crash.
Spokesman Nick Velasquez said there is "insufficient evidence" for a jury to find the 28-year-old actress-singer guilty of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter beyond a reasonable doubt.
The decision runs counter to a recommendation from the California Highway Patrol that Brandy, whose real name is Brandy Norwood, be charged in the Dec. 30, 2006, crash.
Brandy was driving on a Los Angeles freeway when traffic slowed and her Land Rover smashed into the back of a Honda.
That car was involved in several other collisions. The driver, 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj, a Los Angeles waitress, died in the accident.
Brandy's attorney, Blair Berk, said "we are extremely pleased" with the decision not to prosecute.
The California Highway Patrol did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Following the crash, Brandy was sued for more than $50 million (euro34 million) in separate lawsuits filed by Aboudihaj's parents, who live in Morocco, her children and husband. Brandy and Mallory Ham, a motorist whose car struck the Honda, also have sued each other for negligence. Aboudihaj's husband also has sued Ham. All the lawsuits are pending.
A call to an attorney representing Aboudihaj's children was not immediately returned.
Brandy, who earned a Grammy in 1999, has made five albums. She began her recording career at 14 and acted for film and television, starring on the TV comedy "Moesha" from 1996-2001 and as a judge for NBC's "America's Got Talent" last year.


Updated : 2021-07-24 23:33 GMT+08:00