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Halle Berry Sued in Hit-and-Run

The Associated Press
Thursday, March 9, 2000; 3:52 p.m. EST

LOS ANGELES A woman involved in a hit-and-run crash with Halle Berry is suing the actress, accusing her of negligence.

Authorities believe Berry, 31, ran a red light and collided with Hetal Raythatha's car before speeding off on Feb. 23.

Raythatha, 27, said in her lawsuit that she believes either Berry or other defendants not identified were under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the accident. Raythatha said she is permanently disabled from back injuries and emotional distress. She is seeking unspecified damages.

Berry's spokesman, Allan Mayer, said the actress "intends to do what she can to make things right."

"But that doesn't mean she will allow anyone to take advantage of an unfortunate situation or make slanderous insinuations," Mayer said. "As the police have confirmed, there is absolutely no evidence indicating that drugs or alcohol played any part in the accident."

The sheriff's department has asked prosecutors to file criminal charges. District Attorney Gil Garcetti said the case is under review.

© 2000 The Associated Press

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