*A 33-year-old actress from “Orange is the New Black” is facing assault charges after she was accused of punching and scratching a 17-year-old girl.
Dascha Polanco, who plays inmate Dayonara Diaz on the Netflix prison drama, 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 girl several times, pulled her hair and scratched her.
Polanco’s attorney, Gerald Lefcourt, says this whole thing is an extortion attempt, and he’s confident the charges will be dismissed.
Polanco’s next court date is Jan. 28.