Taryn Manning flips off paps as she visits the doctor in Beverly Hills. (August 16, 2012)

*Actress Taryn Manning, best known for her roles in “Hustle & Flow” and “8 Mile,” caught an assault charge today for allegedly beating her makeup artist to a pulp at a New York hotel.


According to the criminal complaint, Taryn is accused of punching her 23-year-old makeup artist in the face, kicking her in the face and torso, scratching her, grabbing her by the hair and slamming her against the floor and wall, and choking her, according to TMZ.

She was arraigned this morning on two misdemeanor charges — assault in the third degree and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.

According to law enforcement sources, Taryn, 33, was released from custody on her own recognizance. She’s hired famed defense attorney Joe Tacopina.