Thursday, October 9, 2008

Britney Spears ready for trial in driving licence case

Troubled pop singer Britney Spears is ready to go on trial to clear her name for allegedly driving without a California license, her lawyer J. Michael Flanagan said in court on Wednesday.

Singer Britney Spears, seen in September 2008, speaks at the ...

By turning down a prosecution offer of one year's probation and a 150-dollar (110-euro) fine, Spears, 26, should be able to simply pay a fine and show the violation has been corrected, Flanagan told the court in the Van Nuys district of Los Angeles.

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The charge stems from an August 6, 2007, fender-bender in a parking lot that was caught on video and in pictures by photographers who trail the "Baby One More Time" chart-topper whenever she ventures out in public.

Singer Britney Spears walks on stage at the 2008 MTV Video Music ...

Spears held a driving license from her native Louisiana at the time, even though she had been resident in California since at least May 2006 and was thus legally obliged to hold a California permit.

Her trial is scheduled for October 15.

Spears -- who hit rock bottom in January when she was twice rushed to hospital for psychiatric treatment after losing lost custody of her two young sons -- hopes to get her career back on track with a new album due out in December.