‘Orange Is the New Black’ Actress Accused of Attacking Teenage Girl

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One of the stars of "Orange Is the New Black" is facing assault charges after she was accused of punching and scratching a teenage girl. 

Dascha Polanco was arraigned Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court in the alleged July 29 attack on 17-year-old Michelle Cardona.

Court papers filed by the district attorney's office say Polanco punched Cardona several times, pulled her hair and scratched her in Polanco's upper Manhattan apartment.

Polanco's attorney, Gerald Lefcourt, says the accusation is merely an attempt to extort money from the actress. He says he is confident the charges will be dismissed.

The 33-year-old Polanco plays inmate Dayonara Diaz on the Netflix prison drama.

Her next court date is Jan. 28.

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