Emile Hirsch Pleads Guilty To Assault, Gets 15 Days In Jail
Emile Hirsch will spend 15 days in jail after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and intoxication charges stemming from an incident at a Sundance Film Festival after party.
Emile Hirsch Going To Jail
Hirsch attended a hearing in Park City, Utah, Monday and pleaded guilty to the felony and misdemeanor charges that were levied against him following his alleged attack on Paramount Digital VP Daniele Bernfeld back in January, according to Deadline. Per his plea deal, the actor was sentenced to 15 days in jail, fined $4,750 and ordered to complete 50 hours of community service.
Had Hirsch not pleaded out, he could have faced up to five year in jail. If he does not comply with all components of his sentence, he could be sent to jail for a year.
Bernfeld, after Hirsch’s apology and admission of guilt, took to the podium at the hearing to share his disappointment in the deal the Lone Survivor star received. She said that she “thought I was going to die” when, during the attack, Hirsch put his hands around her throat and proceeded to choke her. Bernfeld hoped that his actions would have warranted a harsher punishment than what he received.
On Jan. 25, Hirsch allegedly put Bernfeld in a chokehold and dragged her across a table at Tao Nightclub in Park City. According to the police report, an apparently intoxicated Hirsch approached Bernfeld and asked her why she looked “so tough,” reports ABC News. He then reportedly claimed she was a “rich kid who should not be at Sundance.”
After the initial confrontation, Hirsch left to hang out with friends before he came back to Bernfeld, allegedly grabbing her from behind and pulling her across the table, which led to them both ending up on the ground where Hirsch put her in the chokehold.
In light of the events at Sundance, Hirsch had entered into a rehab facility. “Emile consumed an enormous amount of alcohol on the evening in question and he has no memory of what happened,” his lawyer said in a statement back in February. “Emile takes these allegations very seriously, and is devastated that any of this has occurred. A few days after the incident, Emile sought help and checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation facility, where he remains today, to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.”
The actor, best known for playing Christopher McCandless in Into the Wild, was at the Sundance Film Festival to promote his new drama Ten Thousand Saints, which hit theaters last weekend in limited release