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Harry Potter actress' brother pleads guilty to assault

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Published: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 14:32 [IST]

Washington (ANI): The brother of Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad, who was beaten and branded a prostitute by her family after dating a young Hindu man, is facing a stint behind bars after he admitted to assaulting the star earlier this year (10). Azad, who played witch Padma Patil in four of the wizard movies, alleged her two family members attacked her at her home in Manchester, England in May (10).

Her father Abdul and brother Ashraf were said to have argued with the Muslim star, 22, after overhearing her on the phone to her Hindu boyfriend, demanding that she end the relationship. The argument reportedly escalated and turned violent, with the pair threatening to kill the actress.

Azad later begged prosecutors to drop the death-threat charges against her father and brother and they were both cleared at Manchester Crown Court, England this week. The actress did not attend, reports Contactmusic. However, Ashraf pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and has been bailed until sentencing on 21 January (10).

Ashraf, who was warned by the judge he could face jail time, has been banned from contacting his sister and from travelling to London, where she now lives. Judge Roger Thomas QC told him, "Domestic violence can result, even for a man such as you, in imprisonment."

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