By GILBERTE SAINT-PRIEUX
A Manhattan judge today ordered actress Taryn Manning to perform one day of community service and to stay out of trouble for six months as a condition for dropping assault charges against her.
Manning, 33, who appeared in the films “8 Mile” and “ Hustle and Flow” was arrested October 11at the Dream Downtown Hotel, accused of attacking Holly Hartman, 23, her make-up artist and friend.
Manning appeared in court with her hair in a loose bun, wearing black slacks, a black blazer and black five-inch heels.
Hartman declined to pursue charges, leading to the lenient court decision.
“It was a little misunderstanding between the two,” Manning’s lawyer Joseph Tacopina told reporters.
Manning was accused of kicking her makeup artist in the face and torso, grabbing her by the hair and slamming her against the floor and wall, punching her in the face, scratching her, and choking her.
Manning first appeared in court on October 12 facing two misdemeanor assault charges. Manning and Hartman have known each other for five years.