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Actress pleads guilty in bar scrap


Actress Paz de la Huerta has admitted harassing a reality TV figure

Actress Paz de la Huerta has admitted harassing a reality TV figure

Actress Paz de la Huerta has admitted harassing a reality TV figure

Paz de la Huerta has admitted that she harassed a reality TV figure in a confrontation that authorities said was laced with ill feeling about their respective claims to fame.

After acknowledging in court that she threatened to hit Samantha Swetra at a bar within a chic Manhattan hotel, the Broadwalk Empire actress said: "I'm extremely glad this is over."

De la Huerta, 26, pleaded guilty to harassment, a violation that is akin to a traffic offence. Her plea deal calls for a day of community service and 12 weeks of alcohol counselling.

While the criminal case is ending, de la Huerta still faces legal action by Swetra, a fashion buyer who appeared on the MTV reality series The City. Swetra's lawyer said she would continue "to pursue the case vigorously".

De la Huerta, who declined to discuss the encounter, was accused of punching Swetra in the face, giving her a bloody nose, and tossing a glass that left cuts in Swetra's leg at around 4am on March 20 at the Standard Hotel.

De la Huerta then made some cutting remarks about Swetra to police, according to a criminal complaint.

"I'm a real actress - HBO. She's a publicity-seeker, a fake actress," de la Huerta said, according to the document.

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Swetra appeared in several episodes of The City. The show followed Whitney Port, a star of MTV's Los Angeles-based reality hit The Hills, as she moved to New York to work for designer Diane von Furstenberg.

Swetra still has breathing problems because of injuries to her nasal bone during her encounter with de la Huerta, her lawyer said.

De la Huerta has appeared in films including The Cider House Rules, A Walk To Remember and The Limits Of Control. She will star in the forthcoming thriller Nurse 3D.

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