“Orange is the New Black” actress Dascha Polanco has been charged with assault for a summer incident with a teenage girl.
Polanco was arraigned Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court for attacking 17-year-old Michelle Cardona, whom Polanco reportedly punched several times and scratched. The incident took place in Polanco’s New York apartment on July 29.
Gerard Lefcourt, Polanco’s attorney, argued that the case is a scheme devised to extort money from Polanco; according to the Associated Press, he says he’s confident the charges will be dismissed. Polanco is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 28, 2016.
Polanco portrays Dayonara Diaz on the hit Netflix series. She also appears in the upcoming Jennifer Lawrence film “Joy.”
Polanco posted a celebratory Instagram photo in the midst of it all, along with the caption, “I’m a warrior! The truth is set to come…. Good always prevails.”