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Emile Hirsch FINALLY Opens Up About That Sundance Assault Almost Two Years Later!

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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.
Photo: See Emile’s Mugshot From Way Back When!
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:

“I went to rehab. I was able to really clean that side of myself up. Just discovering that you know problems with alcohol and bingeing on alcohol and other drugs. These are problems that I was able to see a lot of people face, and maybe I didn’t quite realize that before or identify that in that way.”

But, the famous father explained the short stint drastically improved his life, and his parenting capabilities:

“Just getting that handled in my life just improved my life in so many ways as difficult as the and the unfortunate as that whole thing was, I’m grateful that I was able to really move forward and improve my life for my son. I’m just so much more present and there for him and that means so much to me. And the quality of just days and not waking up hungover and not knowing what happened or something like that. The stuff is strong.”

The brunette learned a lot about just how many people are affected by addiction:

“I’ve talked to a lot of people and there’s a lot of people who struggle with addiction. And if anything positive can come of it, it would just be getting a little bit more awareness because sometimes you need to hear someone say something about it and be like, ‘Your life doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to be like, oh yeah everyone’s going out drinking and I have to too because that’s the way it is.’ But I’m different why do I drink so much more than everyone else? Why does it get to that place? I just have to deal with those consequences.”

And, he reflected his time in jail was eye-opening:

“Being in rehab and then jail afterwards I was able to see that it didn’t matter if you were an actor or a bar hand or whatever. A lot of people would have problems in that world. It’s sort of an equalizer you could say.”

In the long run, Emile is grateful he was able to get his life back on track:

“It means a lot to me to be able to sit here and to really know how much more improved that I’ve been able to make my life, not just for myself but for my son but for the rest of my family and my friends. I put friends and family and people like that I put them first in my life and I’m able to do that so much more now.”

He also exclaimed work is more fun now that he’s sober:

“When I found that kind of clarity it really improved the quality of my work and the experience of making films. It was so much more fun.”

We’re just glad Emile is happy and healthy!
[Image via PNP/WENN.]

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Dec 14, 2016 16:57pm PDT