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Brother pleads guilty to beating Potter actress

LONDON (AP) – The brother of an actress who appeared in the Harry Potter movies has pleaded guilty to assaulting her, allegedly after she met a man who was not Muslim.

The 22-year-old Afshan Azad plays Padma Patil, a classmate of the teenage wizard, in the movie series.

Prosecutor Richard Vardon told Manchester Crown Court that Azad’s elder brother, 28-year-old Ashraf, assaulted her apparently over her association with a Hindu man.

She fled her home after her brother and father threatened to kill her, Vardon said.

Ashraf Azad pleaded guilty for assault and was granted bailed on condition he not contact his sister. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 21.

A judge ruled both men were not guilty of threatening to kill the actress. – AP

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