Television actress Rui En was fined $700 in a traffic court yesterday for driving without due care and attention.
The 35-year-old, whose full name is Lu Rui En, pleaded guilty to failing to control her BMW properly while driving into a carpark near Block 331 Clementi Avenue 2 on April 12 this year.
The car mounted a kerb and hit a parked motorcycle belonging to Mr Bahrom Sarmiten, 51, at about 4.15 pm that day.
Rui En was accompanied by her manager and a friend.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Shahla Iqbal said Rui En was returning home and driving along Clementi Avenue 2 that day when she lost control of the car after turning right into the carpark.
The car mounted the kerb and hit the parked motorcycle. Both vehicles were slightly damaged as a result of the accident.
Rui En had nothing to say in mitigation.
The prosecution had sought a fine of $600 to $800 and a driving ban of three to four months. But District Judge Carol Ling did not impose the driving ban.
She said in this case, Rui En's handling of her car caused no personal injury and only slight property damage.
Rui En could have been fined up to $1,000 and jailed for up to six months for the offence.
After she paid the fine, she told media outside State Courts she was very relieved she could put the whole episode behind her.
"I will bear full responsibility for my mistake, and I will be cautious not to let this thing happen again," she said in English.
She said she was "very, very sorry'' for having caused problems and inconvenience to people, such as her management company Hype Records, friends and family.
"Moving on, I really, really hope to improve. I really hope to come back better, stronger and to give you guys a new Rui En."
She then spoke in Mandarin,delivering a similar message.
She then bowed before leaving in a white Honda Civic .
It is understood that Mr Bahrom has been compensated through insurance for the damage to his motorcycle.