Cops push for charges against singer Brandy



Cops push for chargesagainst singer Brandy
LOS ANGELES -- The California Highway Patrol recommended Monday that actress-singer Brandy be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in a freeway crash that killed a woman motorist last month, a city attorney's spokesman told The Associated Press.
The CHP referred the matter to the city attorney's office for review, said spokesman Nick Velasquez.
Brandy, whose real name is Brandy Norwood, has publicly expressed condolences to the victim's family, Barnes said last week.
Barnes also has said Brandy wasn't under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.
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 Awatef Aboudihaj, 38, according to a CHP report.
Aboudihaj's car hit another vehicle, slid sideways into the center divider and was then hit by another car, the report said. Aboudihaj died at a hospital from blunt-force injuries, according to the coroner's office.
Ex-supermodel sues E!over portrayal in series
LOS ANGELES -- Niki Taylor filed a federal slander lawsuit against E! Entertainment for alleged intentional infliction of emotional distress with its profile of the model in the new series "Blvd. of Broken Dreams."
The U.S. District Court suit, filed Friday, also alleged fraud, breach of contract and invasion of privacy claiming E! Entertainment representatives falsely claimed the show would focus on Taylor's current life.
The cable network reportedly told Taylor and manager Lou Taylor, no relation, the show would feature current professional endeavors, including her signature fragrance, clothing line, upcoming cosmetics line and charitable foundation, the suit said.
Instead, the suit said, defendants E! Entertainment Television Inc., E! Networks Productions Inc. and a producer focused on Taylor's past hardships and characterized her as a celebrity "who risked everything ... and lost."
The E! synopsis of the show on its Web site describes "Blvd. of Broken Dreams" as, "In a place between heaven and Hollywood, dreams turn tragic and fame goes sour fast."
"My life is far from a 'boulevard of broken dreams,'" Taylor said in a statement.
Through the '90s, Taylor, 31, was an elite model appearing frequently in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and drawing numerous endorsement deals.
She was critically injured in a near-fatal car accident in 2001, and recovered fully only after numerous surgeries.
Nielsen will track TVviewing habits in dorms
NEW YORK -- College students will no longer be invisible to the company that measures TV viewing once they leave home.
Starting this week, Nielsen Media Research will begin tracking what college students are watching in their dorms, a development that could significantly boost the ratings -- and advertising income -- for programs popular among young people.
Until now, college-aged students were only included in Nielsen's ranking if they didn't actually attend college, or when they were home during vacations.
For families with students who agree to have their viewership measured, Nielsen will attach its "people meter" to televisions in dorm rooms, common areas, sororities or wherever students primarily watch TV.
To start, 130 college students are participating in the study, through which assumptions will be made about college-aged viewing in general, Nielsen spokesman Gary Holmes said Monday.
Today's birthdays
Comedian Dick Martin is 85. Actor Gene Hackman is 77. Actress Vanessa Redgrave is 70. Vice President Dick Cheney is 66. Rock singer Marty Balin is 65. Rhythm-and-blues musician William King (The Commodores) is 58. Singer Phil Collins is 56. Singer Jody Watley is 48. Actor Christian Bale is 33. Actor Wilmer Valderrama is 27.

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