The Miami woman in a video that went viral earlier this week, showing her in court flipping off a judge for setting her bond at $10,000 and then being slapped with 30 days in jail for her disrespectful actions, was singing a different tune Friday.
With a lawyer by her side, 18-year-old Penelope Soto said Friday she was under the influence of Xanax and alcohol when she made the obscene and rude comments directed at Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat. Soto apologized and the judge waived bail and dropped the contempt charge.
Rodriguez-Chomat said he hoped it would be a lesson in respect and that Soto would have been a convicted felon if he allowed the contempt charge to stand.
Her lawyer said Soto will complete a drug court program. That includes treatment for drug addiction and usually results in charges eventually being dropped for first-time offenders.
Watch Soto’s apology:
Here’s the viral video, which has more than 9.5 million views on YouTube as of Saturday, in case you missed it earlier this week:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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