“Into The Wild” Star Emile Hirsch Gets Jail Time In Assault Case

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Emile Hirsch was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 50 hours of community service for assaulting a female studio executive during the Sundance Film Festival in January.

The 30-year-old actor was also ordered to pay a $4,750 fine when he appeared in court in Salt Lake City on Monday.


The actor, who is best known for his films Into The Wild and Milk, had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.

Daniele Bernfeld, an executive for the Paramount Pictures subsidiary Insurge Pictures, told police that Hirsch put her in a chokehold and dragged her across a table and body slammed her to the floor.

The details were revealed from the investigation into the incident.

Hirsch said he didn’t remember exactly what happened, saying only that she came at him and he was defending himself.

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Bernfeld was initially apprehensive about pursuing charges the night of the January 25 incident at Tao Nightclub in Park City due to the ‘sensitive nature’ of her work and Hirsch’s high profile.

She said the following day she decided to go ahead and file charges because the information had already leaked to the media.

Hirsch was questioned and handcuffed the night of the incident, but released and not formally charged until nearly three weeks later.

He was charged with aggravated assault and intoxication. The felony assault was punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Emile Hirsch 15 days in jail

Witnesses said the Emile was obviously intoxicated, slurring his words and having a hard time with his balance.

That night, slurring his words and struggling to balance, Hirsch said he had three or four drinks.

Hisch stated, “She started kind of causing a ruckus and I sort of started getting intervening and this happened.  I don’t think it was much more than that to be honest…. I think she had a go at me and I probably defended myself.”

Hirsch’s attorney, Neil Kaplan, was not immediately available for comment. He has previously said Hirsch entered rehab within days of the incident.

The actor was in Park City again on August 11 for the premiere of his drama Ten Thousand Saints.

He has also appeared in Universal’s Navy SEAL drama Lone Survivor.

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