Emile Hirsch charged with felony aggravated assault and intoxication after incident at Sundance
Legal papers allege that Hirsch choked a Paramount executive until she blacked out
The actor is due in court next month
Actor Emile Hirsch is spending two weeks in a Utah jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for an incident during the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
The “Into the Wild” star and “Lone Survivor” actor had faced charges of felony aggravated assault and intoxication.
Legal papers allege that Hirsch had a verbal and physical altercation with Daniele Bernfeld – a Paramount executive – at TAO nightclub in Park City during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in January.
The early morning altercation reportedly involved Hirsch putting Bernfeld into a chokehold so forceful that she “couldn’t breathe” and caused her to black out. Two bystanders pulled Hirsch off of Bernfeld before police arrived. Some “redness” was seen around Bernfeld’s neck, according to authorities.
The incident happened after Hirsch allegedly confronted Bernfeld, calling her a “rich kid” and questioning why she looked “so tough.” Hirsch reportedly admitted to being in a verbal confrontation with Bernfeld and that he had consumed three to four drinks that evening. He also claimed that he did not know Bernfeld personally.
Hirsch said in court that he consumed an “enormous amount of alcohol” and has no memory of what happened at the time of the incident. Prosecutors have said he admitted taking medicine as well as drinking, KSTU reported.
Hirsch was at Sundance for the premiere of “Ten Thousands Saints,” which stars Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield. The movie now is in a limited release, according to the website Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates reviews about films.
Bernfeld sent a letter to the court in which she complained that Hirsch was getting a light sentence, KSTU reported.
Hirsch is due in court on March 16.