Drunk movie make-up artist claws cop’s face with nails as police defend her from attack

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Tasmine Kemp, 27, lashed out when her partner was arrested for shoving her into a shop window on a night out – she was handed a 12-month community order, ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work

A drunk movie make-up artist clawed a cop’s face with her nails as he and two other officers defended her from a violent assault.

Tasmine Kemp, 27, lashed out when her partner was arrested for shoving her into a shop window during an argument on a night out.

Kemp, who works as a make-up and special effects artist for films, clawed one officer’s face, slapped another and tried to headbutt the third.

The three cops went to help Kemp after they saw her being attacked by her partner in Worcester city centre at 11.50pm on February 5.

Kemp turned on the two female officers and one male officer.

She was arrested and admitted to three assaults on emergency workers.

Kemp was handed a 12-month community order, ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and given an electronic tag and a 7pm-7am curfew.

She was also ordered to pay the officers a total of £300 in compensation, told to pay £185 in court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

Prosecutor Eleanor Peart said the cops were dealing with a separate incident when they saw the argument between Kemp and her partner.

She said: “They witnessed him pushing her against a shop window.

“The man was heard by an officer to say: ‘I’m going to punch you in a minute!’

“Police had concern for the defendant’s welfare and PC Ryan took hold of the man.

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“This when the defendant started screaming at officers to get off him.

“She was very irate. The officer found this irrational as he was protecting her from this man.

“Without warning the defendant hit out with her right hand purposefully to claw at his face, causing him instant pain.

“She had drawn blood which was dripping down onto his uniform.”

Ms Peart said another officer was “trying to control the defendant” when Kemp slapped her across the left-hand side of her face, “causing pain and sensitivity to her teeth but no injury”.

While being searched, Kemp “launched forward with an extremely forceful headbutting movement” at a third officer who dodged to avoid being hit.

The prosecutor said: “She [the officer] said it would have caused significant injury if it had connected.

The court heard Kemp had previous convictions including for common assault from August last year.

Belinda Ariss, defending, said Kemp rarely went out because she had two children, was with her partner at the time and is “still with her partner”.

She said: “They had a fairly pleasant evening together and there was a very stupid argument between them that got out of hand and somebody asked police to go and assist.

“She did not feel police assistance was required. She realises – from the outside looking in – she did need police assistance.

“She was very surprised when her partner was arrested. He was carried off. She simply just lost her head.

“Too much drink had caused her judgement to fail and lash out at the first officer, causing scratches to the face.”

Mrs Ariss added: “She is extremely sorry. She does have previous convictions – the majority of when she was a youth.”