Actor Emile Hirsch Charged With Chokeholding a Woman at Drunken Party

Whoops. A criminal complaint has been filed against actor Emile Hirsch in Utah, for the alleged drunken assault of studio executive Daniele Bernfeld. The incident occurred on January 25, at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.


The formal charges against the Into the Wild actor are felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor intoxication, following a scene that happened at Tao nightclub. It's alleged that Hirsch grabbed Bernfeld, called her a "rich kid," and asked why she looked "so tough."

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She pushed him away, and they both went back to their revelry, and it all could've ended there, but apparently there was another altercation.

According to the court docs:

Shortly thereafter Hirsch came up from behind Bernfeld and wrapped his arm around her to put her in a chokehold ... Hirsch pulled Bernfeld across the table and onto the floor, where he landed on top of her. While Hirsch was on top of Bernfeld he wrapped his hands around her neck. Bernfeld said she felt as though the front and back of her throat were touching and she remembers things going dark. Bernfeld reported that she may have momentarily blacked out.

Officer Jay Randall, who responded to the scene, said he observed "redness on her neck and upper chest." The Sergeant also reported that Hirsch told him he'd been having a "verbal confrontation" with Bernfeld, and admitted to consuming "three to four alcoholic beverages" that night.

Hirsch's camp has been silent about the third-degree felony charge, which could be punishable by up to five years in a Utah state prison and a $5,000 fine. The actor was at Sundance to promote his upcoming film Ten Thousand Saints, which costars Hailee Steinfeld and Ethan Hawke.

Does this make you worry about Hollywood entitlement?



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