Taryn Manning’s Legal Counsel Says Makeup Artist’s Assault Allegations ‘Entirely Fabricated’

Woman claims “Orange Is the New Black” star headbutted her, whipped her with a towel, and sprayed windex into her eyes

Last Updated: January 29, 2016 @ 10:52 AM

“Orange is the New Black” star Taryn Manning has been accused of assaulting a makeup artist, but the actress’ legal counsel told TheWrap on Friday that the allegations are “entirely fabricated.”

According to court documents obtained by TheWrap, Holly Hartman filed a restraining order against Manning after several incidents, the most recent of which allegedly occurred in the actress’ New York City apartment. Hartman claims Manning “headbutted my face several times, whipped me with a wet towel, sprayed windex in my eyes and mouth, put me in headlock cutting off air.”

According to the court documents, Manning told Hartman to “pick a knife. I’m wearing a shite shirt, there will be a lot of blood. You will be famous for killing Taryn Manning.”

The restraining order was denied for the reason that one “cannot enjoing actions taken in another state.”

People reported Manning was arrested in 2012 for allegedly assaulting Hartman, punching and kicking the makeup artist. However, the charges were later dropped.

Manning’s counsel told TheWrap that the actress has not had any recent contact with Hartman, and that the woman has been “under investigation for stalking Ms. Manning and for theft and other crimes.”

“The court has already denied the request by Ms. Hartman for a temporary restraining order,”Hartman’s legal counsel said. “The application for the order is suspect 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,” her counsel continued. “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.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.


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