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Orange Is the New Black Star Taryn Manning Accused of Brutal Attack

By B. Alan Orange — January 29th, 2016

Taryn Manning, who plays Tiffany 'Pennsatucky' Doggett on Orange Is the New Black, is bringing some of her bad behavior into the real world. The actress is being accused of attacking her assistant and makeup artist Holly Hartman. The later has unsuccessfully petitioned the L.A. court system to file a restraining order against the actress for incidents that are said to have taken place in New York.

TMZ obtained court documents that claim Taryn Manning was trying to carry out a 'death wish'. During a fight with her assistant/makeup artist, the actress allegedly yelled for the woman to kill her in a fit of rage. She is said to have screamed the following at Holly 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."

Holly Hartman goes onto state that the actress had put her in a headlock and head butted her face. Taryn Manning is also accused of whipping the woman with a wet towel, and that she sprayed Windex in her eyes and down her throat. There have reportedly been a number of similar altercations.

The most recent attack by Taryn Manning on her hired help is said to have gone down this past November. The Los Angeles judge dismissed the case because the fights took place out of state. So Holly Hartman had no legal standing in Los Angeles. Taryn Manning's attorney actually places all the blame on Hartman. The actress' counsel stated the following.

"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. 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 wrongdoing."

On Friday morning, Taryn Manning blasted Twitter with references to the various fights, and the court situation. And they seemed to raise more questions than answers. She even presumably accuses her friend of sleeping with her boyfriend. Way back in November 2014, Taryn Manning denied reports that she had been arrested on suspicion of trying to kill a former roommate and friend. A mutual protection order had been granted between both woman. The actress was also arrested in October 2012 on two misdemeanor charges of assault and strangulation filed against her by Holly Hartman. Taryn Manning did end up spending a night in jail over that altercation. But Holly Hartman didn't move forward with charges at that time.

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