Brandy to Pay $600,000 in Car Crash Settlement
R&B singer Brandy reached a settlement agreement with the family of the victim she rear ended in fatal car collision. The accident, which took place in 2006, resulted in the death of 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj, whose car hit the center divider after being struck by Brandy's Land Rover.
According to TMZ.com, court documents, which were filed in a Los Angeles Superior Court earlier today, state that Brandy will pay out $600,000 to Aboudihaj's two children ($300,000 per person). Marouane, Aboudihaj's husband, has yet to reach a settlement with the Grammy winner. He rejected his portion of a $1.2 million offer in February.
Following the accident, the California Highway Patrol suggested that charges be filed against the star, but an investigation came back with insufficient evidence. However, the 30-year-old received negative feedback in the media and later acknowledge the ordeal as a life-changing experience. "It was one of the hardest times in my life," she said in an interview. "I wouldn't wish that experience on anyone."
"Some of the things that people said about me was also very, very tough. It was a tough experience, and I don't think that's something that I could ever forget."
The singer went into seclusion after the accident but re-emerged in 2008 upon the release of her 'Human' album. Although the record was not commercially successful, Brandy is said to be back in the studio working on new music.