Emile Hirsch Charged With Assault After Alleged Sundance Chokehold
The 'Girl Next Door' star was charged with assault at the annual film festival after allegedly choking a Paramount executive.
Actor Emile Hirsch has been charged with felony aggravated assault after allegedly choking a woman at Sundance last month, say police.
The charge, which is punishable by five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, was confirmed by the Associated Press. The victim is allegedly Paramount exec Dani Bernfeld.
The incident occurred during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City on Jan. 25, according to charging documents obtained by the AP. Police were called after Bernfeld alleged an assault at Park City's Tao Nightclub in the early hours of the morning. Authorities say two people had to pull Hirsch off her.
Hirsch reportedly told police that he didn't know Bernfeld but was having an argument with her. He also reportedly acknowledged having had three to four drinks.
According to the AP, the victim told police a drunk-looking Hirsch approached her and asked her why she looked "so tough." He also reportedly told her she was a "rich kid who should not be at Sundance."
The victim reportedly told police Hirsch placed her in a chokehold, pulled her across a table and landed on top of her on the floor. She said she saw things go dark and may have momentarily blacked out.
Hirsch was in Park City for the premiere of the drama Ten Thousand Saints, which he appears in along with Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld.
Hirsch was also charged with misdemeanor intoxication.