‘Orange Is the New Black’ star Dascha Polanco was arrested back in July after she allegedly attacked 17-year-old Michelle Cardona.
via 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.
It’s unclear what led to the alleged beatdown inside 562 W. 190th St., where Polanco lives, according to law enforcement sources.
Cardona, who suffered “bruising and redness to her face, scratches to her arms, and substantial pain,” was hospitalized for her injuries, police said. But Polanco had invited Cardona to her apartment via text message prior to the alleged attack, cops said.
Polanco, looking glum, appeared on the assault case in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday, which happened to be her birthday. The curvy, Dominican-born beauty turned 33.
As she left the courthouse, sporting a low ponytail and dressed down in a black coat and gray slacks, she declined to comment.
“It’s a setup to try to get money and it was tape-recorded,” said her defense lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt. “This young woman was trying to extort her to drop the case. We’re confident the charges will be dismissed.”
Dascha is due back in court in January.