A woman who appeared on the reality television series “Teen Mom” pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she hit a security guard and resisted arrest when asked to leave the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Farrah Laurel Abraham, who is facing one misdemeanor count each of battery and resisting an officer, was ordered to return to court on Sept. 21 for a pretrial hearing.
If convicted on both counts, Abraham faces up to 18 months in jail.
Officers went to the hotel in the 9600 block of Sunset Boulevard about 1:20 a.m. June 13 on a report that Abraham, 27, was arguing with hotel guests and had been asked to leave by hotel security, according to Beverly Hills police.
“The security officer reported that Abraham struck him in the face with her forearm, grabbed his ear and pushed him in the face as he attempted to prevent her from re-entering the hotel,” Beverly Hills police Lt. Elisabeth Albanese said at the time. “Officers noted that Abraham exhibited signs of intoxication.”
According to TMZ.com, Abraham “was heard playing the `I’m a celebrity’ card — yelling things like … you should know who I am.”’
According to Radar Online, the prosecution has offered Abraham a chance to plead to a misdemeanor trespassing charge and avoid jail time. The District Attorney’s Office declined to confirm the details of any plea negotiations, but Abraham told Radar she didn’t plan to take it anyway.
“I have gone through a lot of counseling and therapy. I am also very mentally stable and I have no aggressive issues,” Abraham said, adding that she believed she had been targeted because of her celebrity.