The 33-year-old, who plays Dayanara Diaz on the Neflix series about a women’s prison, is now in a court battle after being accused of assaulting a 17-year-old on July 29. Michelle Cardona alleges that Polanco had attacked her inside the actress’ New York City apartment this summer, claiming that the star had punched her in the head, pulled her hair, and used her fingernails to injure her arm.
According to documents obtained by Page Six, police said Cardona suffered “bruising and redness to her face, scratches to her arms, and substantial pain.”
Polanco appeared in court on Thursday (Dec. 3, 2015) to refute the accusations, insisting that Cardona is trying to extort money from her.
“It’s a setup to try to get money and it was tape-recorded,” Polanco’s defense lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt, said. “This young woman was trying to extort her to drop the case. We’re confident the charges will be dismissed.”