Emile Hirsch charged with felony assault for choking female Hollywood exec
Actor Emile Hirsch has been charged with felony assault for allegedly choking a female Paramount executive at the Sundance Film Festival. He could face up to 5 years in prison.
According to TMZ, on Jan. 25 police responded to an assault call at Tao nightclub in Park City, Utah:
Hirsch appeared intoxicated and asked [movie exec Daniele Bernfeld] why she looked ‘so tough’ and said she was a ‘rich kid’ who should not be at Sundance. Bernfeld told police … she moved away from Hirsch to go sit with a friend at a table — and moments later, Hirsch came up from behind her and “put her in a chokehold.” Then, Bernfeld claims Hirsch “pulled her across the table and onto the floor” and landed on top of her.
While on top, he allegedly wrapped his hands around her neck and began to choke her. She said she felt as though “the front and back of her throat were touching and she remembers things going dark.
Some bystanders pulled Hirsch away from Bernfeld. And when the police arrived, Hirsch admitted to having 3-4 drinks. He was described as wasted: glossy eyes, slurred speech, poor balance.
Hirsch is due in court March 16.
He was at Sundance Film Festival for the screening of Ten Thousand Saints.