'OITNB' Star Dascha Polanco Accused Of Assaulting Teenage Girl

Entertainment | 12/04/2015 | 11:30 AM EST

Teenage girl claims the actress punched, scratched and pulled her hair

New allegations against "Orange Is The New Black" star Dascha Polanco could leave the actress behind bars-- in real life.

Michelle Cardona
, 17, claims Polanco, 33, assaulted her on July 29, leaving her with "bruising and redness to her face, scratches to her arms and substantial pain." Authorities said Cardona was hospitalized for her injuries and Polanco was arrested.

"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," stated court documents obtained by Page Six.

Polanco, who plays inmate Dayanara Diaz on the show, invited Cardona to her New York apartment via text message, but it is unclear what led to the alleged attack.

Polanco appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday (her 33rd birthday) where she faced charges of assault, attempted assault and harassment. Her defense lawyer argued that Cardona's allegations were a setup for extortion and said he was confident the charges would be dismissed.

Polanco is expected back in court in January.


(Photo: Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

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