Actress Paz de la Huerta sued over NYC bar ruckus

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Posted: Apr 22, 2011 5:17 PM
Actress Paz de la Huerta sued over NYC bar ruckus

First she was arrested, and now actress Paz de la Huerta has been sued over her encounter with a former reality TV figure she's accused of attacking in a swanky nightspot.

Samantha Swetra's lawsuit, filed Friday, says she was "maliciously assaulted, beaten and battered" on March 20 by the actress, best known for her role on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."

De la Huerta's lawyer said she would tell her side of the story in court, "with the real facts."

"Paz thanks all her friends and fans for their continued support of her," added the attorney, Jamel Oeser-Sweat. Swetra's lawyer didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

Authorities say de la Huerta, 26, punched Swetra in the face and tossed a glass that left cuts in Swetra's leg while at a rooftop bar at the trendy Standard Hotel. De la Huerta faces assault and other charges.

"I'm a real actress _ HBO. She's a publicity-seeker, a fake actress," de la Huerta later huffed to police, according to Manhattan prosecutors.

Swetra's lawsuit declares the actress' conduct "beyond all possible bounds of decency, atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community" and seeks unspecified damages.

De la Huerta plays a lead character's girlfriend in the popular HBO series, set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition era. She also has appeared in films including "The Cider House Rules," "A Walk to Remember" and "The Limits of Control."

Swetra, a fashion buyer, appeared in several episodes of the MTV reality series "The City."