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A Berry Bad Driver

Jul 31, 2001 | 11:30am EDT

Tonight, she talks. Today, she sang. In a Beverly Hills, Calif., court, Halle Berry pleaded no contest this morning to a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident (a fancy way of saying hit and run), stemming from a headline-making Feb. 23 two-car crash that left the actress scraped up and another driver broken up (at least in the wrist).

For her plea (which admits no guilt but doesn't contest the charge either), Berry was dinged with $14,000 in fines and penalities, placed on three years' probation and ordered to do 200 hours of community service. (And, no, we don't think helping finally bring "The X-Men" to the big screen will count toward that last one.)

On Tuesday, Berry was said to have taped her first at-length interview since the accident with ABC News' Diane Sawyer, for airing on tonight's "20/20" (10 p.m. EDT/PDT).

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