On the occasion of Brandy’s comeback.

13. Brandy. Two years ago this month, the singer and “Moesha” star was involved in a car accident that left one woman dead. Police did not charge Brandy in the accident, although she is being sued by the dead woman’s family.

12. Phill Lewis. In 1993, the “Suite Life of Zack and Cody” actor was sentenced to five years in prison for manslaughter with a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated. The conviction stemmed from a 1991 accident in which Lewis struck and killed a 21-year-old woman in Maryland. A judge suspended all but one year of his sentence.

11. Ted Kennedy. In 1969, Kennedy, serving his first full term in the Senate, drove off a bridge near Chappaquiddick Island in his native Massachusetts. He swam to safety but his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, died in the car. Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was sentenced to two months in jail, suspended.

10. Laura Bush. In 1963, while still a high school student, the future first lady ran a stop sign and hit another car, killing its driver. No charges were filed.

rebecca-gayheart9. Rebecca Gayheart. The “Beverly Hills, 90210” actress – she had a recurring role as one of Dylan’s love interests – struck and killed a 9-year-old boy while driving and using her cell phone in Los Angeles. A judge sentenced her to three years’ probation, a one-year suspension of her drivers’ license, a $2,800 fine, and 750 hours of community service. She was also ordered to make a public service announcement about safe driving.

8. Matthew Broderick. While vacationing with then-girlfriend Jennifer Grey in Ireland in 1987, Broderick’s rented BMW collided with another car, killing its occupants, a 63-year-old woman and her 30-year-old daughter. Police initially charged him with dangerous driving, which carries a prison sentence, but he was later found guilty of careless driving and fined $175.

7. Lane Garrison. In December 2006, the 26-year-old “Prison Break” actor was at a party given by and attended by high school students. Allegedly, he was on his way to purchase more alcohol when he crashed his SUV, killing a 17-year-old passenger and injuring two 15-year-old passengers. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison in October 2007; under California’s “good behavior” policy, he could be released as soon as February 2009.

6. Cheryl Crane. In 1958, at the age of 14, Crane – the daughter of Hollywood starlet Lana Turner – stabbed her mother’s gangster boyfriend Johnny Stompanato to death. Authorities ruled this a justifiable homicide after determining Crane was protecting her mother from the often-violent Stompanato.

5. Bryn Hartman. In 1998, the model shot and killed husband Phil Hartman while he slept, then killed herself.

4. Phil Spector. The eccentric record producer was arrested in 2003 on suspicion of murder in the death of his girlfriend, actress Lana Clarkson. The case ended in mistrial. A retrial began in October.

3. Robert Blake. In 2005, the former child actor and “Baretta” star was tried and acquitted in the 2001 murder of his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley, a woman with a colorful past. Blake was Bakley’s 10th husband; before they were married, she dated Christian Brando (No. 2 on this list), and at one point tried to persuade both Blake and Brando that they were the father of her unborn child. (DNA tests proved Blake was the father.)

2. Christian Brando. In 1990, he shot and killed the boyfriend of his half sister at the home of their father, Marlon Brando. He died of pneumonia after a brief prison stint.

1. O.J. Simpson. The football star and actor was famously acquitted in the death of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1995. In a civil trial two years later, a jury found him liable for the battery and wrongful death of Goldman and the battery of Brown.

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