The US teenager who made headlines around the world when she received 30 days in jail for swearing at a judge and giving him the finger has had the sentence reversed after a tearful courtroom apology.
A remorseful-looking Penelope Soto, 18, told Miami Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat overnight that she was sorry for her rude behaviour, saying it was out of character and she was under the influence of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, CBS reports.
"My behaviour was very irrational and I apologise, not only to the court and you but to my family," a teary-eyed Soto said.
The judge said he hoped the teen had learnt some lessons and cancelled the 30-day jail sentence he had given her earlier in the week.
The 18-year-old's lawyer said his client will complete a court drug program that usually results in charges being dropped against first-time offenders like Soto.
On Monday Soto appeared in front Rodriguez-Chomat via video link charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
The teenager was arrested on Sunday night after crashing her bike while allegedly high on Xanax.
After setting her bail at $5000 the judge dismissed the teen by saying "bye bye".
Soto responded by leaning forward and smiling as she said "adios" in a playful manner.
The pleasantry seemed to have annoyed the judge who smiled before calling Soto back and doubling her bail to $10,000.
The teen's jaw dropped and she asked the judge if he was serious, to which he replied he was before saying "adios".
As the teen walked away a second time she said "f--- you" and raised her middle finger in the judge's direction.
Rodriguez-Chomat then called Soto back again, finding her in contempt of court and handing her a 30-day jail sentence.
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson