“Orange is the New Black” star Dascha Polanco, 33, best known for playing pregnant inmate Dayanara Diazhas in the series, has been accused of assault by a teenage girl, 17.
Michelle Cardona, 17, alleges that Dascha attacked her at the star’s upper Manhattan apartment. Dascha allegedly punched Michelle in the head, pulled her hair, and scratched her deeply with her fingernails, according to court documents obtained by Page Six. She claims she suffered “substantial pain” from the incident that left her hospitalised.
The assault was allegedly committed on July 29.
It’s unclear what led to the alleged assault, but police reported that Dascha invited Michelle over that day via text message. Dascha now faces four counts of assault and harassment. But Dascha and her lawyer are convinced that this whole matter is an attempt at extortion.
“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.” Gerard also told People magazine that he expects the case to be dropped quickly when this evidence is revealed. Dascha’s next court date is in January 2016.