In what could only be described as a possible case of life imitating art, actress Dascha Polanco, who plays the role of Dayonara Diaz on the hit Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black,” was recently charged with assault in connection to an incident with a teenage girl this past summer.
The 33-year-old actress was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday for attacking a 17-year-old girl named Michelle Cardona. According to reports, Polanco allegedly scratched Cardona in addition to punching her several times. The incident is said to have taken place on July 29 at Polanco’s New York City apartment.
Polanco’s attorney, Gerard Lefcourt, says the whole ordeal is nothing but an extortion plot and he is confident his client will be cleared of any wrongdoing once all the facts come to the surface.
Polanco’s next scheduled court appearance is set for Jan. 28.
Drama aside, Polanco doesn’t seem to be too worried about the situation. The actress, who will appear in the Jennifer Lawrence film Joy, recently posted a very celebratory Instagram picture with a caption that reads, “I’m a warrior! The truth is set to come…. Good always prevails.”