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Harry Potter star Azad's brother pleads guilty to assault

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Dec 21, 2010 | 4:00am EST

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-treat charges against her father and brother and they were both cleared at Manchester Crown Court, England on Monday (20Dec10). The actress did not attend.

However, Ashraf Azad 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."

Azad's father was bound to keep the peace for 12 months.

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