The woman who caused a massive panic on a crowded subway train by releasing a swarm of crickets admitted to The Post on Friday that she orchestrated the disgusting stunt in an attempt to go viral on social media.
“I have been doing these pranks for four years now,” self-promoting actress Zaida Pugh said. “This was to show what homeless people go through and how people treat them.”
Pugh, known for a series of bizarre online pranks, said she brought 300 crickets and 300 worms onto the D train Wednesday and had a friend flip the insects into the air — freaking out those straphangers who hadn’t been in cahoots with her.
“Basically the people that is attacking me is a part of the stunt,” she said, adding her friends “also do their own comedy skits online as well.”
But things got even worse when an innocent passenger pulled the emergency brake as the D train was crossing the Manhattan Bridge. Riders were stuck in the cricket-filled car — with no air conditioning — for 30 minutes.
“The emergency brake was pulled,” Pugh said. “We were not expecting that to happen at all.”
Another unplanned aspect was Pugh urinating on the floor of the subway car.
“I did [urinate] but didn’t purposely mean to,” Pugh said. “It was very hot and I was holding my bladder. When I realized we weren’t going anywhere, I said, ‘I’m gonna just let it out.’ ”
She was taken to Methodist Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.