Orange Is the New Black’s Dascha Polanco Allegedy Assaulted a Teenage Girl

The actress appeared in criminal court on her 33rd birthday.

Dascha Polanco, who plays Dayanara Diaz on Orange Is the New Black, has been accused of assaulting a teenage girl.

The actress, 33, allegedly invited a 17-year-old girl named Michelle Cardona via text to her Manhattan apartment back in July. It was at her apartment that Dascha allegedly punched Michelle in the head, pulled her hair and struck her arms, according to court documents obtained by Page Six.

From Page Six:

“’Ms. Cardona observed the defendant strike Ms. Cardona about the face and head with a closed fist at least three times, pull Ms. Cardona’s hair, and strike Ms. Cardona’s arms with the defendant’s hands and nails,’ court papers show.

Cardona, who suffered “bruising and redness to her face, scratches to her arms, and substantial pain,” was hospitalized for her injuries, police said.”

Dascha appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court yesterday, the same day as her 33rd birthday, for the case. Her defense lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt, claims that the whole scenario is a “setup to try to get money” and that it was all actually tape-recorded.

More details to come as the story develops.

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