It's been almost two years since Emile Hirsch assaulted a female film executive at Sundance Film Festival, and he's finally ready to talk about it.
On Wednesday, the actor dished during Josh Horowitz's podcast Happy Sad Confused all about the shocking scandal from February 2015.
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The 31-year-old confessed that, even to this day, he feels horrible about choking that poor women at the elite event. He said:
"I'm still just so sorry for what happened and still just shocked even that it happened. Also, grateful in a way that you know it gave me an opportunity to make my life a lot better and to do some of the things that helped me in finding ways of just clarity."
After getting charged with assault, the Into The Wild alum spent 15 days behind bars, and also checked into rehab to address his addiction issues.
The California native admitted his time in the rehabilitation facility was a total wake-up call, saying:
Uh, 15 days in jail does not seem like much of a punishment against physical assault.
People get much more for far less!
But Emile Hirsch has pleaded guilty to putting a Paramount Pictures executive named Daniele Bernfeld in a chokehold at Tao nightclub in Utah during the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2015, and that's exactly what he got.
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The actor struck a deal with prosecutors on Monday, and in addition to serving 15 days, he will have to pay a fine of $4,750, and do 50 hours of community service.
The charges of misdemeanor assault against him will be dismissed if he completes the jail time and community service.
Well this is inneresting…
New details have dropped in Emile Hirsch's assault case, where he allegedly attacked a woman at Sundance Film Festival back in January — and now, Emile said he was defending himself!
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Hirsch attacked Paramount executive Daniele Bernfeld in the Utah outpost of Tao nightclub, throwing her across a table and choking her. Bernfeld told police shocking details:
Today Emile Hirsch was all business as he showed up in his suit seeking a plea deal for the alleged attack and choking of a female VP of Paramount Digital, Dani Bernfeld, during a Sundance Film Festival party.
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According to the reports, at some point Hirsch approached Bernfeld from behind, "put her in a chokehold," and threw her on a table. Then the actor got on top of her and started choking her before witnesses were able to get Hirsch off of the exec. Park City cops were called to the scene and reported that Hirsch's "eyes were red and glossy" it looked as if he had been drinking and under the influence of alcohol.
When Hirsch was questioned, the actor simply stated that he had a verbal argument with the Bernfeld. In classic Hollywood fashion, he also claimed that he only had a few drinks that night but then of course said later that he didn't remember what happened.
For all of this, Emile is facing charges of aggravated assault and intoxication and could see up to
Looks like that should be illegal!
On Monday, Emile Hirsch made his first court appearance where he was instructed to take his mugshot at the sheriff's office.
The picture (above) shows a rather dapper Hirsch in a slim black suit. He's looking much more put together than he was when first arrested!
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As we reported last month, the 30-year-old actor was arrested and charged with felony assault after he
Emile Hirsch is taking responsibility for his own actions.
Soon after the actor was charged with assault for allegedly putting a female entertainment executive in a chokehold at the Sundance Film Festival, he checked himself into rehab.
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While the Girl Next Door star didn't publicly make a statement, his spokesperson and attorney, Robert Offer says the actor regrets his actions.
Robert spoke on behalf of Emile and said: