Taryn Manning Arrested; Did Orange Is The New Black Star Make Criminal Threats?
Taryn Manning has been arrested. The “Orange Is The New Black” star allegedly made criminal threats against onetime friend Jeanine Heller, according to law enforcement officials.
The actress had been ordered to keep away from Heller, and a judge issued a mutual restraining order for the two women. On Tuesday, the judge made the determination that Manning’s texts and social media posts threatening to kill Heller constituted a violation of that order.
Manning was not in the court room, so the judge cited the actress for contempt and had police arrest her. Previously, Heller has been arrested for violating the order by allegedly stalking Manning and bombarding her with texts and emails. Gossip Cop will have updates on Manning’s legal situation.
This latest arrest is not Manning’s first run-in with the law. As Gossip Cop reported back in October 2012, the star was arrested for allegedly assaulting her friend and makeup artist Holly Hartman in a New York hotel room. The charges were later dropped.
Manning portrays “Pennsatucky” on the hit Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black.” She’s also appeared in movies like 8 Mile and Hustle & Flow, and TV shows such as “Sons of Anarchy” and “Hawaii Five-0.”
UPDATE: A lawyer for Manning has released the following statement: “In response to a reported arrest of Ms. Manning, please note that the District Attorney’s Office investigated an allegation of a violation of an order of protection. The District Attorney declined to prosecute Ms. Manning and the arrest was voided. The allegation was false. It is unfortunate that additional false allegations by an individual convicted of violating orders of protection intended to protect Ms. Manning are facilitated by purported news organizations to perpetuate the harassment of Ms. Manning exponentially.”
“Ms. Manning is a law abiding person who has respect for the law and the privilege of her profession. The fact that there are no criminal charges against Ms. Manning with regard to the purported allegations against her is a clear demonstration of her innocence,” continues the statement. “Ms. Manning will as always maintain the high road. She wishes no contact from Ms. Heller and has had to spend great sums to hire security for her protection.”