LATEST: Eighties pop star-turned-American Idol judge Paula Abdul was fined
and put on probation for two years after pleading no contest to charge of hit
and run at Los Angeles' Traffic Court yesterday (24MAR05).
The STRAIGHT UP star was ordered to pay $900 (GBP474) in penalties and
fines in addition to paying the victim $775 (GBP407) as compensation for the
damage caused in the accident last year (DEC04).
The charge faced by Abdul carried a maximum penalty of six months in jail
and a $1,000 (GBP526) fine.
Abdul's lawyer NEIL E MEYER said in a statement: "Unbeknownst to Paula,
there was some minor contact between the tire of her car and another vehicle on
the roadway. Paula immediately took full responsibility."
The incident occurred on 20 December (04) when Abdul switched lanes on
Highway 101 near Encino, California and clipped another vehicle - the plaintive
took a photograph of Abdul's vehicle on his mobile phone.