'Orange is the New Black' actress charged with assault

'Orange is the New Black' actress charged with assault

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the stars of "Orange is the New Black" is facing assault charges after she was accused of punching & scratching a teenage girl.

Dascha Polanco was arraigned Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court.

Court papers filed by the district attorney's office say the attack on 17-year-old Michelle Cardona happened inside Polanco's upper Manhattan apartment on July 29. They say Polanco punched the teen several times, pulled her hair & scratched her.

p>Polanco's attorney, Gerald Lefcourt, says the accusation is an attempt to extort money from the actress. He says he is confident the charges will be dismissed.

The 33-year-old Polanco plays inmate Dayonara Diaz on the Netflix prison drama.

Her next real-life court date is Jan. 28.

Source: “Associated Press”