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Abdul sentenced for traffic accident

From Associated Press

“American Idol” judge Paula Abdul was fined and placed on probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of hit-and-run driving stemming from an accident last December in which her Mercedes clipped a car on a San Fernando Valley freeway.

Abdul was not in court as her attorney entered the plea Thursday, city attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan said.

Superior Court Commissioner Patricia Schwartz sentenced Abdul to 24 months of informal probation, meaning she does not have to meet with a probation officer but must not break any traffic laws.

She also was ordered to pay a $300 fine and about $600 in penalties and to reimburse the other motorist $775 for the car damage, Mateljan said. The charge carried a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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