- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Television actress Paz de la Huerta derided a former reality TV figure as a “fake actress” after attacking her in a trendy hotel bar, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The “Boardwalk Empire” actress was arraigned on assault and other charges in her encounter last month with Samantha Swetra, who appeared on the MTV reality series “The City.”

De la Huerta, who went to court wearing a long black coat and a white pantsuit over a black turtleneck, didn’t speak during her brief court appearance. She was released without bail.

“We’re asking people not to rush to judgment and to let (de la Huerta) have her day in court,” defense lawyer Jamel Oeser-Sweat said.

Swetra’s attorney didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

De la Huerta punched Swetra in the face, giving her a bloody nose, and hurled a glass that left cuts in Swetra’s leg around 4 a.m. on March 20 at the Standard Hotel, authorities say in a court complaint.

Then de la Huerta, who plays a lead character’s girlfriend in the HBO series set in a Jazz Age Atlantic City, swiped at Swetra with cutting remarks made to police, the complaint said.

“I’m a real actress _ HBO. She’s a publicity-seeker, a fake actress,” de la Huerta said, according to prosecutors.

De la Huerta plays politician Enoch “Nucky” Thompson’s hot-tempered girlfriend, Lucy Danziger, on the popular “Boardwalk Empire.” An actress since childhood, the 26-year-old de la Huerta 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 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.