Emile Hirsch Allegedly Choked Hollywood Exec
Actor accused of attacking Daniele Bernfeld at nightclub near Sundance
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2015 9:28 AM CST
Emile Hirsch attends the Museum of Modern Art's Film Benefit 2014 on Nov. 10, 2014, in New York.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – In a situation that reportedly involved "an enormous amount of alcohol," Into the Wild actor Emile Hirsch is accused of attacking a female Hollywood exec during a Sundance-related party in Utah. The incident happened at a Park City nightclub in the wee hours of Jan. 25, though TMZ is just reporting it now; Hirsch was charged with aggravated assault yesterday, the AP reports. Per court documents, Hirsch asked Paramount exec Daniele Bernfeld "why she looked 'so tough' and said she was a 'rich kid' who should not be at Sundance." Bernfeld says she got away from Hirsch after he grabbed her, but that soon after, he "put her in a chokehold" from behind, then "pulled her across the table and onto the floor," landing on top of her and allegedly beginning to choke her.

Two bystanders pulled the 29-year-old actor off, and he later told police who responded that he'd had three or four drinks and got in a "verbal confrontation" with Bernfeld. The police report makes it sound like he may have been a little worse off than that—glassy eyes, bad balance, slurred speech, not to mention smelling of booze—and also notes that Bernfeld had red marks on her neck and upper chest. A spokesperson for Hirsch tells TMZ the actor did, indeed, consume the aforementioned "enormous amount of alcohol" that night and "has no memory of what happened." He's now "devastated" and has checked himself into rehab, the rep adds. Hirsch, who was also hit with a misdemeanor count of intoxication, is due in court next month and faces up to five years in prison on the felony assault charge.
 

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