“Orange Is The New Black” Star Dascha Polanco Faces Assault Charges

Dascha Polanco, the woman who plays Dayanara Diaz on “Orange Is The New Black,” is now facing actual assault charges for allegedly punching a teenage girl in the face back in July.

Page Six reports that on July 29, Polanco was arrested for allegedly attacking 17-year-old Michelle Cardona. According to E! News, Polanco appeared in court in Manhattan this Thursday and faces four counts of assault and harassment.

The actress had texted Cardona to inviter her over to her apartment. According to court papers, Cardona alleges that Polanco struck her “about the face and head with a closed fist at least three times.”

Gerald Lefcourt, who is representing Polanco, is confident that these charges will be dismissed, saying, “It’s a setup to try to get money and it was tape-recorded. This young woman was trying to extort her to drop the case. We’re confident the charges will be dismissed.”

[E! News]

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