‘Orange is the New Black’ Star Accused of Viciously Assaulting Makeup Artist

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Actress Taryn Manning has been accused of viciously assaulting a makeup artist during a nasty fight in New York last year.

According to legal documents first obtained by TMZ, makeup artist Holly Hartman claims the 37-year-old Orange is the New Black star head-butted her in the face, sprayed Windex in her eyes and mouth, put her in a headlock and whipped her with a wet towel during an altercation at Manning’s New York City apartment in November.

In the court documents, Manning is alleged to have told Hartman: “Pick a knife. I’m wearing a white shirt there will be a lot of blood. You will be famous for killing Taryn Manning.”

Hartman reportedly filed a restraining order against Manning, but the request was dismissed after Hartman filed the court documents in Los Angeles instead of New York, where the alleged assault took place.

In a statement to People, attorneys for Manning vigorously denied the allegations, and said the restraining order was suspicious “because Ms. Manning has had no contact with Ms. Hartman in many months due to Ms. Hartman’s actions against Ms. Manning, which are currently under criminal investigation in multiple jurisdictions.”

“These investigations have long predated these entirely fabricated allegations,” Manning’s lawyers said. “Ms. Hartman is under investigation for stalking Ms. Manning and for theft and other crimes. It is clear that Ms. Hartman’s camp has leaked these allegations which were not available publicly to elevate her own position and obscure her own wrong doing.”

Manning and Hartman reportedly have somewhat of a history together; Manning was arrested for allegedly assaulting Hartman in 2012, but the charges were later dropped. The pair had reportedly lived together in Los Angeles at one point.

Manning plays inmate Tiffany Doggett on Netflix’s breakout hit Orange is the New Black. She has also played roles in 8 Mile, Hustle and Flow and A Lot Like Love.