Taryn Manning Cleared of Assault Allegations

by Rande Iaboni 6:02 AM PST, February 10, 2016
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Orange Is the New Black star Taryn Manning has been cleared of assault allegations after her accuser did not show up for a court appearance in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

"The complainant failed to show up in court today, validating Ms. Manning's position that the case contained entirely fabricated allegations, and the court dismissed the case," Manning's legal counsel said in a statement to ET.

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Less than two weeks ago, Manning was accused by her ex-makeup artist, Holly Hartman, of being involved in a physical confrontation. According to court documents, the 37-year-old actress reportedly head-butted Hartman in her NYC apartment and then, as Hartman writes, "Whipped me with wet towel. Sprayed Windex in eyes and mouth. Put me in a headlock cutting off air."

The most bizarre portion of the request is Hartman's claim that Manning yelled, "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, who claims in the documents that the two used to be in a relationship, made similar accusations of domestic violence in 2012.

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Hartman had previously requested a restraining order against Manning, but it was denied on the grounds that it was filed in Los Angeles and the alleged incident is said to have taken place in New York.

Manning's attorneys had denied the allegations from the very beginning. "The court has already denied the request by Ms. Hartman for a temporary restraining order," they said in a previous statement to ET.

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The statement continues, "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 wrong doing."

In an unrelated legal battle, Manning filed a petition on Monday asking for permission to take legal action against the city of New York for the sum of $10 million claiming she was falsely arrested in 2014.

For more on the original assault allegations, watch the video below: