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New York officials hit back at Taryn Manning's arrest lawsuit

Taryn Manning may see her case thrown out of court.

New York city officials are firing back at actress Taryn Manning after she filed a $10 million (£7 million) suit for wrongful arrest.

The Orange is the New Black star was taken into custody in November, 2014 after she was accused of making criminal threats against Jeanine Heller, a woman the actress had obtained a restraining order against.

Manning claims she headed to a local police station with her lawyer to explain the situation and fill them in on her past issues with Heller, who she maintained was actually stalking her, but the cops refused to listen and placed her in a holding cell for several hours.

She was released without charge and the arrest was subsequently voided, but in her lawsuit, filed in February (16), Manning alleged officers still leaked the details about her time behind bars to the press.

Now city representatives have responded to her legal action, insisting the arresting officer had probable cause to make the arrest.

In court documents obtained by Britain's Daily Mail, city attorneys argue Manning's claims "lack any merit", and as a result, the suit should be thrown out. They also highlight the fact the actress filed the case after the 90-day statutory period allowing complaints to be made.

"Petitioner waited 14 months and 21 days to seek leave to file a late notice and has failed to offer any authority as to why such a delay would not substantially prejudice the City," state officials assert.

They insist Manning deserves nothing for what she alleges caused emotional distress and damage to her reputation.

Manning has struggled with legal issues with Heller for some time, but last July (15), her former friend was sentenced to six months behind bars for violating the terms of her prior release for a count of criminal contempt by contacting the actress.

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