R&B singer Brandy received a late Christmas gift. LA prosecutors decided not to file a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge against the “I Wanna Be Down” crooner for last year's chain-reaction car crash that resulted in a woman's death. According to a statement from the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, authorities opted not to proceed with a criminal case after a probe found "insufficient evidence" that Brandy was to blame. "After conducting a thorough investigation, which included consulting with some of the top accident reconstruction experts in the country, city prosecutors concluded there was insufficient evidence from which a jury could find Ms. Norwood guilty of such a charge beyond a reasonable doubt," prosecutors said. The fatal collision occurred on Dec. 30, 2006, when the Grammy-winning star slammed her 2007 Land Rover into the back of a 2005 Toyota Corolla at 65 mph, setting off a four car pile-up. The driver of the Toyota, 38-year-old Awatif Aboudihaj, hit the highway's center divider before being broadsided by another car. After suffering multiple pelvic fractures, the wife and mother of two died the following evening in the hospital. Weeks later, once news of the accident became public, Brandy issued a statement through her publicist in which she "express[ed] her condolences to the family of the deceased" and called it a "terrible tragedy." A guilty conviction could have landed Brandy anywhere from a year in jail and a $1,000 fine to house arrest or a work-furlough program. Two civil suits have been filed in this case.
R&B singer Brandy has signed a new deal with Epic Records, a label spokesperson tells to Billboard.com. The superstar, who was most recently signed to Atlantic, is prepping her Epic debut for release later this year. Brandy’s last album, 2004’s "Afrodisiac," has sold 416,000 copies to date in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last December, Brandy, born Brandy Norwood, was cleared of all charges stemming from a fatal car crash the year before, including a recommended misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge, which carries a penalty of up to a year in jail. Just last month, Brandy was hit with a lawsuit by a landscaping company, which alleged the singer owed her gardener $3,576 in expenses for work carried out at her property between July 2007 and February 2008. Brandy's publicist claimed the bills were sent to the wrong address. Brandy has said to have settled this claim.
The Associated Press has reported that the California Highway Patrol recommended Monday (1/29) that R&B singer Brandy be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the multi-car highway accident that killed 38 year old Await Aboudihaj (see here). "The office is currently reviewing the case and determining whether the evidence warrants the filing of a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter," according to a spokesman Nick Velasquez. If found guilty, Brandy faces a maximum sentence of one year in county jail and a $1,000 fine. Prosecutors did not tell AP when they would make a decision about whether to bring a case. If charged, Brandy wouldn't necessarily have to appear in court and could have her lawyer enter a plea, Velasquez said. Brandy, whose real name is Brandy Norwood, has publicly expressed condolences to the victim's family. Brandy, 27, was driving a Land Rover on Interstate 405 on Dec. 30 when traffic slowed and her vehicle struck the back of Honda driven by Await Aboudihaj.
CNN has learned R&B superstar Brandy was involved in a fatal car accident last month. The accident happened on December 30, 2006 on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. According to Law enforcement sources, Brandy was driving her 2007 Land Rover at 65 mph and did not notice that cars in front of her had slowed considerably. Brandy's vehicle struck a 2005 Toyota, which made the 2005 Toyota hit a 1989 Toyota. The 2005 Toyota lost control and hit the center divider. As the 2005 Toyota came to a halt, it was struck by a 1988 Acura. The driver of the 2005 Toyota was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in critical condition and died the next day. “Brandy was involved in a car accident December 30, 2006 in Los Angeles where there was a fatality. She wishes to publicly express her condolences to the family of the deceased. Brandy asks that you respect the privacy of everyone involved at this time,” said her publicist Courtney Barnes. Brandy was not injured or arrested. Brandy, whose hits include "I Wanna Be Down" and "The Boy Is Mine," has made five albums and earned a Grammy in 1999. She began her recording career at 14 and acted in film and TV shows, starring on the sitcom "Moesha" from 1996 to 2001 and most recently as a judge for NBC's "America's Got Talent."
The Hollywood Reporter reports Brandy will star in a science fiction video game, which as of now has not been titled. She'll provide her voice and likeness to the game, and she'll help develop the story line. Brandy will also record a soundtrack. Director Matty Rich, who's helping create the game, says Brandy will play a strong female character who must react to situations with the fate of the world hinging on her actions. The game is being developed for PlayStation Portable and will be out early next year.