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Paz de la Huerta of 'Boardwalk Empire' charged with assault

April 19, 2011 |  6:23 pm

Paz de la Huerta has been charged with assault. Paz de la Huerta of "Boardwalk Empire" was arraigned Tuesday in New York on assault and other charges related to a wee-hours altercation with another actress in March at the Standard hotel bar.

De la Huerta was arrested around 4 a.m. March 20 after throwing a glass at actress-model Samantha Swetra and punching her in the face, leaving her nose bloodied, authorities said in court documents.

The HBO actress, who according to the New York Daily News took a header, accidentally baring a breast, after flirting with a guy at Swetra's table, where Lindsay Lohan was among those along for the ride. Swetra's snarky commentary on De la Huerta's level of intoxication sent the latter lady into a rage, with a punch and a glass flying and connecting, eyewitnesses said.

Prosecutors alleged that De la Huerta later delivered some cutting comments of her own to police: "I'm a real actress -- HBO. She's a publicity-seeker, a fake actress," she said, according to the criminal complaint.

Swetra was in the cast of "The City," an MTV reality show that followed Whitney Port of "The Hills" as she moved to New York to work for designer Diane von Furstenberg. De la Huerta plays the hot-tempered onetime girlfriend of Steve Buscemi's Nucky Thompson character on "Boardwalk Empire."

De la Huerta, who did not speak or suffer any wardrobe malfunctions during her court appearance, was released Tuesday without having to post bail. Charged with five misdemeanors (two counts of third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, attempted assault and harassment, TMZ said), she's due back in court May 19.

This isn't the first time De la Huerta has found herself in a difficult situation in the wee hours of the night: In January, she was turned away from a Golden Globe Awards after-party at Chateau Marmont for being too drunk. Paparazzi caught the rejection -- including her pretty bad fall and pretty embarrassing nipple slip in that very pretty party dress -- on video.

Remember, kids, the Globes are the only awards show with an open bar. Perhaps for a reason?

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Paz de la Huerta arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2011. Credit: Carlo Allegri / Associated Press

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