The troubled singer is accused of damaging a parked car and driving away from a Los Angeles car park on 6 August, a spokesman for the city’s attorney’s office revealed yesterday. The 25-year-old could face the prison sentence and a $1,000 (£495) fine if convicted of the misdemeanour charges. Her representatives were not available for comment.
The embattled singer’s latest brush with the law follows the filing of an ‘accident report’ on 9 August at the North Hollywood Community Police Station by the car’s owner. It is unclear whether Spears’s car was damaged or the actual extent of damage to the other vehicle. The singer was notified of the charges by letter earlier this week. A hearing, which Spears does not have to attend because the charges are misdemeanours, has been set for 10 October.
The charges come days after a judge ordered Spears to undergo random drug and alcohol tests twice a week in her child custody dispute with former husband Kevin Federline. Los Angeles superior court judge Scott Gordon said Spears showed ‘a habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol’. He also ordered Spears and 29-year-old Federline – who is seeking increased custody of their two young sons – to complete a parenting class.
Spears, whose new album is set for release in November has been dropped by her management firm, Her recent performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards was widely panned. Despite such tribulations, Spears still earns more than £300,000 a month according to documents presented by Federline to an LA court last week during their increasingly bitter custody fight.