'Bad Girl' Catya Washington waives hearing on gun, drug counts

Catya Washington: Fans began raising bail money for her on the Internet after her arrest.
Catya Washington: Fans began raising bail money for her on the Internet after her arrest.
Posted: November 23, 2010

Catya A. Washington, known as Ms. Cat to her Twitter followers and as "The Elite Player" on her former reality-television show, "Bad Girls Club," is also known as a criminal defendant with a rap sheet in her hometown of Philadelphia.

Washington, 24, yesterday waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Municipal Court and was given a court date of Dec. 13 for her formal arraignment.

Pennsylvania State Police arrested the voluptuous reality star, model and music-video actress on the evening of Nov. 2 at the Park Towne Place Apartments, at 22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Charged with carrying a gun illegally and with four drug-possession violations, Washington was jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Among the drugs found on her were cocaine, Ecstasy and mushrooms, according to the entertainment website TMZ.com, which also reported that her fans began raising bail money online shortly after her arrest.

As of yesterday, Washington was able to post bail and was expected to be released, said defense attorney Tariq El-Shabazz.

"She is maintaining her innocence," El-Shabazz told the Daily News during a brief phone interview.

Washington appeared on the fifth season of "Bad Girls Club," which was produced in Miami and aired from August until this month.

One of the highest-rated shows on the Oxygen Network, it chronicles the lives of seven problematic young women who live together for four months.

Besides the gun and drug charges she's facing, she has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 14 on charges of aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy, theft and related counts stemming from an arrest last month, according to Philadelphia court records.

Next April she is to have a summary trial in community court related to a fighting charge for which she was arrested in July.

Charges of disorderly conduct against her were dismissed in 2008, but that year she was found guilty of driving with a suspended license and driving without a rear light on her vehicle.

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