‘Orange is the New Black’ Star Arrested for Punching Teen Girl

Dascha Polanco, 33, known for her role as Dayanara Diaz on the Netflix prison hit Orange Is the New Black was arrested for punching a teenage girl, according to a criminal complaint.

Polanco was arrested July 29 after she attacked 17-year-old Michelle Cardona.

“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,” court papers show.

It’s unknown why Polanco chose to assault the young girl. The alleged attack was inside the residence of her W. 190th St. apartment, according to law enforcement sources. Polanco was said to have invited Cardona over prior to assaulting her.

Cardona, who suffered “bruising and redness to her face, scratches to her arms, and substantial pain,” was hospitalized for her injuries, police said.


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