LATEST: Brandy's mother has hit back at Kim Kardashian by insisting she had no choice but to sue the reality TV star for credit card fraud - because she failed to honour an earlier agreement to pay back the alleged debt. Sonja Norwood - who manages her R+B singer/actress daughter Brandy - filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court earlier this week (begs04Feb08), alleging Kardashian abused the use of a credit card given to her to make "one (and only one)" purchase on Norwood's behalf. Kardashian, who worked as a stylist for Brandy in 2004, is accused of giving the American Express card to her siblings Khloe, Kourtney and Robert Jr., who are also named in the legal action. They are alleged to have run up debts of $120,635 (GBP60,317) on the card. But while Kardashian has dismissed the accusations of credit card fraud against her as "meritless", Norwood claims she and her family admitted to the crime during earlier correspondence via their lawyers, when they promised to pay back every cent. When that did not come into fruition, Norwood felt compelled to file suit. She says, "I did not want to commence litigation against the Kardashian family without conducting an exhaustive investigation into the charges, and discussing all options, including criminal prosecution, with my family. "After Ray J (Brandy's brother) and Brandy urged me not to file criminal charges because of their prior friendship, I decided to afford the Kardashians an opportunity to resolve this matter without a lawsuit. When the fraudulent charges were brought to their attention, they apologised profusely, and advised us, through their attorneys, that they would pay the debt in full. However, they have since reneged on that promise."