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OITNB star makes court appearance in alleged attack on teenage girl

Orange Is the New Black‘s Dascha Polanco might discover just how good she looks in a jumpsuit when the cameras aren’t rolling.

Polanco was arrested in July in New York for allegedly punching, scratching and pulling the hair of a teenage girl, according to the New York Post.

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Court documents for the assault were just discovered.

But the details surrounding the fight are strange since police records indicate Polanco and the teenage girl were strangers to each other at the time of the incident.

Police report that the victim suffered, “bruising and redness to her face, scratches to her arms, and substantial pain.” She was hospitalized for her injuries.

Polanco appeared at the Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday. Page Six reports that she was seen leaving the courthouse wearing a black coat and gray slacks along with a low ponytail. She declined to comment on the case and has yet to comment publicly.

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But she opened up about her struggles as a single mother as well as her battle with depression following the death of her mother in a May interview with Latina magazine.

I went through a large depression and started feeling emotionally isolated,” she explained. “But because my parents taught me that God is going to send you obstacles and you have to overcome them, it put me at ease.”

She added, “[After her death] I remember having to find somebody to stay with my daughter because I didn’t want to stop school, and I couldn’t stop working. It was raining, and I was like, ‘Who can I trust that is not my mom?’ I realized you have to put your armor on; you have to become a warrior, because family is not there.”

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Page Six reports that Polanco faces charges of assault, attempted assault and harassment. She will appear back in court in January.

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