March 20, 2002 01:00 PM

Sultry actress Michelle Rodriguez, who played a boxer in the 2000 film “Girlfight” and who appears in the new movie “Resident Evil,” was arrested Saturday on charges of fighting with another woman at her apartment in Jersey City, N.J., reports New York’s Daily News. Rodriguez, 23, was free on bail Tuesday after the alleged skirmish, which got very physical, according to police. A 22-year-old woman, whose name was not released, told authorities that Rodriguez punched her in the face and pulled her hair while she was lying in bed talking on the phone in Rodriguez’s apartment. Rodriguez blocked the door when the woman tried to escape, according to police, but the woman said she escaped after biting the actress’s arm. (Rodriguez was later treated at Jersey City Medical Center for the bite.) Police and witnesses told the News that the melee moved to the street, where Rodriguez pulled the other woman’s hair and punched her in the face, they said. Police labeled the incident a case of domestic disturbance, though they were uncertain as to the other woman’s relationship to the actress. Rodriguez pleaded not guilty to assault and harassment charges and was released on $2,500 bail, according to the News. A hearing has been set for April 3. According to the news, Rodriguez, born in Texas, moved to Jersey City with her mother and some of her 10 brothers in 1990.

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