Hit-and-run charge against Spears is dropped

October 26, 2007

Britney Spears avoided a criminal hit-and-run trial by paying for damages in a fender-bender but still faces a charge of driving without a license, a court commissioner ruled yesterday.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Susan Speer dismissed the hit-and-run charge after a lawyer for the pop star said his client had paid an undisclosed amount to a woman whose car was hit in a Studio City parking lot Aug. 6.

A charge of driving without a license was not dismissed, and a pretrial hearing was scheduled for Nov. 26. The commissioner accepted a not guilty plea entered on Spears' behalf by lawyer Michael Flanagan to that charge.

Really `Lost'

Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Jin on the ABC show Lost, has been arrested on a suspicion of drunken driving charge in Hawaii, where the show is filmed, according to the Honolulu Advertiser. He is the third actor on the series to be arrested on a DUI charge while filming there.

The newspaper said Kim was arrested about 3 a.m. yesterday. He was released a few hours later after posting bail.

Lost actresses Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Watros both pleaded guilty to drunken driving after being arrested in late 2005 in Hawaii. Both actresses left the series shortly after the arrests.

Mea culpa

Halle Berry has apologized for making an inappropriate joke at last Friday's taping of NBC's The Tonight Show.

Berry, who showed host Jay Leno photos of herself that she had distorted by using computer software, remarked that one snapshot -- in which her nose appeared cartoonishly large -- made her "look like my Jewish cousin."

After she made the comment, Leno quipped: "I'm glad you said it."

"I so didn't mean to offend anybody -- and after the show I realized it could be seen as offensive, so I asked Jay to take it out, and he did," Berry told the New York Post for Tuesday's editions.

"I was backstage before the show and I have three girls who are Jewish who work for me," she said. "We were going through pictures to see which ones looked silly, and one of my Jewish friends said, `That could be your Jewish cousin!' And I guess it was fresh in my mind, and it just came out of my mouth."

`Daisies' planted

ABC's Pushing Daisies has earned a full-season order. It joins its Wednesday-night companion Private Practice, CBS' The Big Bang Theory and the CW's Gossip Girl as the only new shows this fall to earn full-season orders.

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