“Orange is the New Black” star Dascha Polanco has been accused of assaulting a teen and has been charged in a Manhattan court.
Polanco, who plays Dayanara Diaz in Netflix hit series, is facing four charges of assault, attempted assault and harassment. Her lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt, said his client has not yet entered a plea, ABC News reported.
According to court documents obtained by ABC News, 17-year-old Michelle Cardona claimed the actress got physical with her. The incident happened while she was hanging out at Polanco’s New York apartment on July 29.
Polanco has been accused of scratching Cardona. She was said to have punched her in the head repeatedly, pulled her hair as well as used her fingernails to strike the teen’s arms.
“This is an unfortunate consequence of being successful,” said Lefcourt. He argued that the case is a scheme devised to extort money from Polanco, Variety wrote.
Lefcourt told Entertainment Tonight that since Cardona called Polanco asking for money to withdraw the charges the case will “eventually be dismissed.” He said Cardona was recorded asking the OITNB star for money and those recordings have been presented in court.
“We expect the case to be dismissed,” said Lefcourt. The actress appeared in a Manhattan Criminal Court last week. Her next court appearance is Jan. 28.
Polanco shared a celebratory photo on Instagram in the midst of accusation against her. She captioned the photo: “I’m a warrior! The truth is set to come…. Good always prevails.”
The Netflix star will appear in the upcoming Jennifer Lawrence film “Joy.”
Meanwhile, “Orange is the New Black” season four is expected to return in June 2016 in Netflix. Polanco will reprise her role as Daya and her love interest John Bennet is expected to return as well.
Matt McGorry, who played Bennet, earlier hinted that his character is not dead. Speculations indicated that he might have staged his disappearance to secure the safety of his baby with Daya. Bennet’s disappearance in the previous season was linked to Aleida’s drug-dealing boyfriend, Cesar.