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Three Feet Closer To Tragedy

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I must admit I've done plenty of head shaking about Britney Spears and
her antics.

"Spears could feel agony of 3 feet" -- the story about possible
consequences of Brit's driving over the feet of three people recently
-- in the November 16 Los Angeles Times has raised the head-shaking
bar.

Enough. It's time to leave this girl alone. She didn't run over the
feet of the two paparazzi or one sheriff's deputy on purpose. I've seen
"breaking news" of her driving on many networks, and I don't think her
aim is that good.

Following are excerpts from Times story:

"At least one incident is being investigated, in part because Spears
left the scene of the accident. The Los Angeles Police Department has
informed Spears that if she doesn't provide a statement about the case
involving the sheriff's deputy, she could face misdemeanor charges for
a vehicle code violation."

A vehicle code violation?

The Times continues: "The deputy's foot was run over this month as
Spears left L.A. County Superior Court after a custody hearing
involving her two children.

"There is no evidence to prove there was malicious intent on her part,"
said LAPD spokesman Roger Mora. "She probably didn't know, but you can
still be looking at a misdemeanor for the fact that you left the
scene."

Is that a separate misdemeanor?

"Spears' latest incident," the newspaper story continues, "occurred
early Thursday as Spears was leaving the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly
Hills and rolled over the foot of one of several photographers who were
covering her."

Covering her doing what? Trying to get away from all the feet chasing
her?

"Beverly Hills police said Spears may not have been at fault in
Thursday's roll over. 'There were independent witnesses there who felt
the photographer didn't move out of the way in time,' a police
spokesman said. 'She was driving very slowly.'"

The third incident was last month when she ran over the foot of a
TMZ.com photographer. His "tire-tracked" sock, by the way, was later
put up for auction.

We learn that there are paparazzi "who make a career out of following
Spears about town" and some "defend her driving."

"Francois Navarre, owner of X-17online.com, said she's a careful
driver around paparazzi. 'There are some celebrities who take off fast
from the curb and there have been cases where people have been hit by
the car,'" Navarre says.

Feet must not count. We've already learned they are just misdemeanors.
Fortunately, the foot faults do not seem have resulted in any injuries
to the three victims.

That can't be the case for Spears, though, or her children whose
terrified faces we see each time the paparazzi invade her car to get
new photos.

Personally, I don't think Britney is that fascinating, and she and her
sons don't look that different in photos taken five seconds or five
days apart.

Three feet is enough. We all know that something terrible is destined
to happen to Spears, her kids, one of the photographers or innocent
bystanders if she isn't given a few feet of space and privacy. How
about a time out?