Emile Hirsch was charged with felony assault after he attacked a movie studio executive at a party during Sundance.
- Emile Hirsch was reportedly visibly drunk.
- He assaulted Paramount Digital VP Daniele Bernfeld on January 25 at Tao Nightclub.
- He dragged Daniele Bernfeld across a table, jumped on her chest, and started choking her.
The Daniele Bernfeld decided to walk away from him after he started yelling at her for being a rich kid who didn’t deserve to be at Sundance. She said that she felt like the front and back of her throat were touching, and then she started to black out.
Emile Hirsch was given a 15-day jail term and 50 hours of community service as part of a plea deal agreed with the prosecutors.
I was subjected to a violent and unprovoked attack by a complete stranger. The defendant, Emile Hirsch, put me in a chokehold, pulled me off my feet and threw me on the floor. With the full force of his weight, he choked me until I blacked out. It took two people to pull him off me, and if not for their intervention, the attack would have continued. I thought I was going to die.” Daniele Bernfeld said.
The long-lasting effects of this assault will remain with me. Mr. Hirsch’s plea, however, provides that in 90 days his case will be dismissed without record. There is no assurance that he will serve any of the 15 days of jail time associated with his plea.
“Quite simply, this punishment does not fit the crime. While the Park City Police Department treated me with courtesy and respect, this plea deal meets the bare minimum required to placate the regulations of our legal system. If a violent attack in front of a roomful of witnesses can be labeled a misdemeanor and dismissed, what of women who are assaulted while alone in hallways or bathrooms, or behind the closed doors of their own homes.”
“While I appreciate that the court is trying to send a message to Mr. Hirsch, the message to him and those who may follow needs to be louder and stronger.” she added.
Hirsch’s lawyer Robert Offer claimed that the actor was too intoxicated to remember what happened that evening: “Emile consumed an enormous amount of alcohol on the evening in question and he has no memory of what happened.”
Emile Davenport Hirsch (born March 13, 1985) is an American film actor, whose works include Into the Wild, Lone Survivor, Milk,Prince Avalanche, The Motel Life, Speed Racer and the A&E networks simulcast miniseries Bonnie & Clyde. He began performing in the late 1990s, and became known as a film actor after roles in Lords of Dogtown, The Emperor’s Club, The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog and the Sean Penn-directed film Into the Wild. Hirsch will star in a so far untitled film about the life of John Belushi directed by Steven Conrad.IMAGE/getty images