Woman who released bugs on subway considering plea deal
The wannabe actress who unleashed a plague of crickets and worms on a crowded D train in 2016 is mulling a plea deal.
“We’re this close to resolving the case,” defense attorney Ryan Cleary told Brooklyn Judge Michael Yavinsky, as his client, Zaida Pugh, cowered beside him.
The accused bug-hurler remained silent during the brief court appearance, which she spent hiding behind her elbows to avoid photographers.
Pugh terrified straphangers in August 2016 when she released a swarm of 600 insects on a packed, rush-hour train as it was crossing the Manhattan Bridge.
A panicked commuter pulled the emergency brake, stranding the chaotic scene in the middle of the bridge for a half hour — without air conditioning. During the melee, the self-described performance artist urinated, according to witnesses and authorities.
Pugh later told The Post the stunt was an effort to bring awareness to homelessness and mental illness.
“This was to show what homeless people go through and how people treat them,” she insisted.
Pugh is due back in court June 22.