Taryn Manning, who stars in Netflix’s hit series “Orange Is the New Black,” has been granted an order of protection against her former friend, Jeanine Heller, media reports said Thursday.
The 35-year-old actress accused Heller of cyber stalking by sending hundreds of text messages, emails and phone calls to her between April and July. Heller was reportedly charged with fourth-degree stalking at a New York criminal court.
“The last person who violated my orders of protection is now in jail,” Judge Lisa Sokoloff reportedly warned before releasing Heller. She is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 6.
The actress' lawyer said in a statement to E! News: “The arrest followed an investigation by members of the New York County District Attorney's Office after it was reported that Ms. Heller had engaged in a course of conduct intended to cause reasonable fear of material harm to the physical health, safety and welfare of Taryn Manning."
The lawyer also said that the protection order forbids any attempt by Heller to contact Manning by any means, “electronic or otherwise.”
"The Order of Protection extends to the family and close friends of Taryn Manning who have been adversely impacted by the actions of Ms. Heller," Manning’s lawyer reportedly added.
According to reports, Heller, who became friends with Manning a year ago, had been trying to hassle the “Hustle & Flow” star by constantly claiming that another friend was selling gossip about her life to the media.