Actress Dascha Polanco who plays Daya Diaz on the hit Netflix series ‘Orange Is The New Black‘ has appeared in court over allegations of punching a 17-year-old.


Now we have heard a strategy actors like to take when acting in a particular project is to become the character being played to ensure a convincing performance. Has Miss Polanco may have taken this a little too literally?


Polanco, 33, was arrested for the assault on teenage victim Michelle Cardona back in July this year, for which she appeared for her Manhattan Criminal Court date on Thursday. Unfortunately for her, this had just happened to be her birthday.


Some birthday present, huh?!





According to The Mirror, the actress’ Lawyer has stated that this is nothing but an attempt at extortion on the alleged victims behalf, as the ordeal had been recorded.



The victim is reported to have suffered “bruising and redness to her face, scratches to her arms, and substantial pain,” police said.

Cardona was said to have been invited over to the actress’ apartment via text message prior to the attack, police claimed.

Court papers stated: “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.”

Following the appearance, the actress’ lawyer Gerald Lefcourt told the Post:“It’s a set up to try to get money and it was tape recorded.

“This young woman was trying to exhort her to drop the case. We’re confident the charges will be dismissed.”



Dascha is said to return to court in the new year. Is this the publicity the show needs?


As some viewers felt the third season may have been luke warm, and fell short of previous series losing it’s binge-able appeal.



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