'Orange is the New Black's' Dascha Polanco charged with assault

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'OITNB' Star Dascha Polanco in Court For Alleged Assault on a Teenager

"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. The actress 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."



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'Orange is the New Black's' Dascha Polanco charged with assault
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 17: Actress Danielle Brooks attends Samsung Supper Club with Mary J. Blige at SXSW 2015 on March 17, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Samsung)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: (L-R) Actress Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, Danielle Brooks, Jenji Kohan, Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, and Selenis Leyva attend Netflix's 'Orange Is The New Black' For Your Consideration Screening and Q & A at the Directors Guild Of America on May 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
EXCLUSIVE - Show Creator Jenji Kohan, Kate Mulgrew, Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks and Laverne Cox seen at Netflix "Orange is the New Black" Television Academy Screening at the Director’s Guild of America on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)
Danielle Brooks arrives at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Danielle Brooks attends the OUT100 2014 Awards at Stage 48 on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
(L-R) Kimiko Glenn, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Alysia Reiner, Joel Marsh Garland and Tanya Wright attend the premiere screening of the MTV and Logo TV documentary "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word" at the Paramount Screening Room on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
Actress Danielle Brooks arrives for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, January 25, 2015 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Danielle Brooks attends Out100 2014 presented by Buick on November 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for OUT100)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Danielle Brooks attends 'Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word' Logo TV Premiere Party & Screening at Paramount Screening Room at the Viacom Building on October 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Logo TV)
Danielle Brooks arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Alysia Reiner, left, and Danielle Brooks arrive at the 16th Annual Young Hollywood Awards sponsored by Bongo at The Wiltern on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Bongo/AP Images)
Danielle Brooks arrives at the Critics' Choice Television Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
From left, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, and Natasha Lyonne pose with the award for best comedy series for "Orange is the New Black" in the press room at the Critics' Choice Television Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Danielle Brooks arrives at PALEYFEST 2014 - "Orange is the New Black" on Friday, March 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Danielle Brooks attends the Governors Ball at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Actress Danielle Brooks speaks onstage at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards brought to you by Samsung Galaxy at The Wiltern on July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Young Hollywood Awards will air on Monday, July 28 8/7c on The CW. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Variety)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 19: (L-R) Actors Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew and Taylor Schilling accept the award for 'Outstanding New Program' for 'Orange Is The New Black' onstage during the 30th Annual Television Critics Association Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Actors Yael Stone, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Barbara Rosenblat, Samira Wiley, and Matt McGorry of 'Orange is the New Black are seen during 2014 NY Pride - Netflix's Orange Is The New Black on June 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Netflix)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 19: Actress Danielle Brooks facetimes with her father at the 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Danielle Brooks attends Sally Morrison & LoveGold Celebrate Academy Award Nominee Lupita Nyong'o at Chateau Marmont on February 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: (L-R) Actresses Greta Gerwig and Danielle Brooks participate in a discsussion panel Glamour And L'Oreal Paris 2014 Top Ten College Women Celebration at Kaufman Music Center on April 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Glamour)
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