Potter Star ‘tried To Retract Attack Statement Three Times’

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July 3, 2010 | 9:50am EST

Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad tried three times to retract her police statement accusing her father and brother of threatening to kill her.

The actress, who plays witch Padma Patil in four of the wizard movies, signed a statement alleging that the two family members attacked her at home in Manchester, England in May.

Her father Abdul and brother Ashraf allegedly began arguing with the star over her boyfriend and demanded that she end the relationship.

The argument allegedly escalated, with the pair threatening to kill the actress.

The pair appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday accused of threatening to kill Afshan. Her brother, 28, was also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The pair was granted bail.

But lawyer John Wolfson, who is defending the father and son, insists the actress is already regretting her statement, and has tried to retract it through Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service three times.

He tells Britain’s Daily Express, “This is a desperately sad situation and she has never wanted her father and brother to be locked up. She has tried on three occasions to retract her statement and has pleaded with the Crown Prosecution Service not to proceed.

“I sincerely hope for the family’s sake that this can be quickly and happily resolved. My client and his father have already denied the charges and will maintain that plea.”

In the U.K., a victim can retract their police statement, but the Crown Prosecution Service can still pursue the charges.

The pair is expected to stand trial on 12 July.