Leah Greenblatt
March 26, 2009 AT 09:13 PM EDT

Clothing designer Kenley Collins, best known for her retro pin-up girl style and contentious behavior as a finalist on season 5 of Project Runway, spoke Wednesday after a hearing in Brooklyn, addressing assault charges filed against her by her former fiancé (the Associated Press reports that the charges were reduced to a misdemeanor).

Collins, who was arrested March 17 following the incident, admits to “gently” tossing her cat on the bed during an argument; ex Zak Penley, an artist and musician, told authorities that it was done with considerably more force. He also alleged that the initial toss was followed by a laptop, three apples, and some water. No word on the current state of the flying feline.

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