Thursday 14 December 2017

Actor Emile Hirsch charged following alleged "chokehold" assault on female Paramount executive

Emile Hirsch is facing an assault charge for allegedly choking a woman in a nightclub (Invision/AP)
Emile Hirsch is facing an assault charge for allegedly choking a woman in a nightclub (Invision/AP)

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The 'Girl Next Door' actor is accused of putting a female movie exec into a "chokehold" at the Sundance Film Festival.

Legal documents obtained by the Daily News state that the actor has been charged with a 'third degree felony assault' for the incident, which is said to have occured around 3.52pm on January 25th at Tao Nightclub in Park City, Utah.

Hirsch, 29, was charged with aggravated assault, which is punishable by up to five years in prison and a 5,000-dollar (£3,200) fine, and is also facing a misdemeanour count of intoxication.

County prosecutor Ryan Stack said the woman, Daniele Bernfeld, was an executive for Insurge Pictures, a Paramount Pictures subsidiary.

She was put in a chokehold and pulled across the table before Hirsch landed on top of her on the floor, authorities said.

Hirsch is alleged to have 'put his hands around her neck' and 'choked' her 'so hard' that Bernfeld said "it felt like the front and back of my throat were touching".

Bernfeld reported that she 'blacked out' following the incident.

Hirsch, of Encino, California, told police he did not know Ms Bernfeld but was having an argument with her.

He said he had three to four drinks and an officer told prosecutors his balance was off, he was slurring his words and smelled of alcohol.

Court documents say the incident happened on January 25 at Tao Nightclub in Park City, Utah, when Hirsch, looking drunk, approached Ms Bernfeld and asked why she looked "so tough" and told her she was a ""rich kid who should not be at Sundance".

Hirsch, best known for his starring role in Into The Wild, was at Sundance for the premiere of the drama Ten Thousand Saints, a film in which he appears alongside Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield.

A court date has been set for March 16th.

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