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Taryn Manning Cleared of Assault Charges

The OITNB star also filed a $10M lawsuit against New York City for false arrest in an unrelated incident

Liam Mathews

Assault charges against Orange Is the New Black actress Taryn Manning have been dropped after her accuser failed to show up for a court appearance Tuesday, ET reports.

"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 attorneys said in a statement to ET.

Holly Hartman, who claims she used to be in a relationship with Manning, accused Manning of assaulting her last month. According to court documents, Hartman claimed Manning "Whipped me with a wet towel. Sprayed Windex in eyes and mouth. Put me in a headlock cutting off air." Hartman also said Manning taunted her by saying, "Pick a knife. I'm wearing a white shirt there will be a lot of blood. You will be famous for killing Taryn Manning."

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Hartman had filed for a restraining order against Manning last month, but her request was denied since it was filed in Los Angeles and the alleged incident happened in New York. Hartman made similar accusations of domestic violence against Manning in 2012.

In a legally unrelated but similarly dramatic story, Manning is planning to file a $10 million lawsuit against the City of New York, claiming she was falsely arrested in 2014 and accused of threatening a woman who had been stalking her. A petition filed in Manhattan Supreme Court Monday states that Manning was arrested by the NYPD for harassment even though she was the real victim.

Manning was handcuffed after a meeting with detectives in Nov. 2014, despite the Manhattan DA's Office had notified detectives that Manning was not going to be prosecuted.

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At the time, Manning claims was being stalked by former friend Jeanine Heller, who was later sentenced to six months in jail for harassing Manning.

Manning had gone to Manhattan's Fifth Precinct to discuss threatening text messages she had allegedly sent Heller in violation of an order of protection. She was arrested and held in custody for several hours until the DA's Office formally cleared her.

Manning is seeking damages for attorney's fees, hours of detention, emotional distress and harm to her reputation.