Emile Hirsch To Spend 15 Days In Jail For Sundance Film Festival Attack
Emile Hirsch will spend 15 days in jail for assaulting Paramount executive Daniele Bernfeld. As part of a deal, Hirsch pleaded guilty on Monday to misdemeanor assault for choking Bernfeld during the Sundance Film Festival. He told a Utah judge that he was “truly sorry.”
In addition to the jail time, the judge ordered Hirsch to pay a $4,750 fine and slapped him with 50 hours of community service. Should Hirsch violate the judge’s orders, the actor will spend an entire year in jail.
Hirsch said during his sentencing, “It’s been seven months now and I feel like I’ve grown a lot in that time.” The actor, who checked into rehab following the incident, admitted to drinking “an enormous amount of alcohol” that night, and noted that he still couldn’t “explain what happened or why it happened.”
As Gossip Cop reported, Hirsch was charged on February 12 for putting Bernfeld in a chokehold at TAO nightclub in Park City on January 25. While in town for the film festival, Hirsch supposedly got angry when Bernfeld refused his advances.
A letter from Bernfeld was read aloud in court during Hirsch’s sentencing. The executive, who opted out of showing up in court, said, “I was subjected to a violent and unprovoked attack by a complete stranger,” adding that when Hirsch was choking her, “I thought I was going to die.”