Britney Spears will not be charged over an incident in which she allegedly ran over the foot of a paparazzo in Los Angeles.

The photographer, who remained anonymous in court papers, filed a criminal complaint against the Toxic star in May, several months after his foot was purportedly crushed as Britney backed her car away from a pack of paparazzi.

However, after reviewing video footage of the incident, the Los Angeles district attorney's office has ruled the snapper must have placed his foot in the way of the singer's vehicle, according to the Reuters news agency.

A report issued on Friday June 13th and released on Monday June 16th quoted deputy district attorney Joseph Shider as saying it could not be proved if Britney was aware of hitting the photographer's foot.

"We have no evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspect was aware that the victim's foot had been struck by the car," he wrote.

"There was much commotion and noise at the time and there is no proof that the suspect was aware of what had happened."

And, crucially, he added: "The only way the victim's foot could have been where the video indicates it to be was by the victim placing it in that location."

The incident is not the only instance of Britney facing trouble while behind the wheel, having been criticised in 2006 for seeming to drive with her young son on her lap while she has also faced charges of driving without a license and misdemeanour hit and run.

17/06/2008 09:07:31