Emile Hirsch charged with assault during Sundance
February 13, 2015
Summit County prosecutors charged actor Emile Hirsch on Thursday with aggravated assault and intoxication.
The case stems from an incident early in the morning on Sunday, Jan. 25, during the Sundance Film Festival, according to a charging document filed in 3rd District Court, Silver Summit, on Thursday.
Park City Police Department officers responded to a call at TAO Nightclub, a temporary installation during the Sundance Film Festival, on Main Street at 3:52 a.m., according to the charging document, and spoke to a woman who The Hollywood Reporter describes as an executive with Paramount. She said she was attacked by an intoxicated Hirsch, according to the charging document.
At about 3:15 a.m., the woman told police, Hirsch approached her and "appeared intoxicated and asked [the woman] why she looked ‘so tough’ and said she was a ‘rich kid’ who should not be at Sundance," according to the charging document. The woman said the two then separated before she was attacked by Hirsch shortly thereafter, according to the charging document.
Hirsch "came up from behind [the woman] and wrapped his arm around her to put her in a chokehold," according to the information. Hirsch then "pulled [the woman] across the table and onto the floor, where he landed on top of her," it says. He then "wrapped his hands around her neck." The woman "felt as though the front and back of her throat were touching and she remembers things going dark," prosecutors said in the charging document.
At that point, Hirsch was pulled away by two bystanders, according to the charging document.
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"A witness who was sitting next to [the woman] at the table corroborated" her story, according to the charging document. The witness described the woman as "shaking and crying" after the incident and a police officer "observed redness on her back and upper chest," according to the charging document.
The police officer then spoke with Hirsch, who "said he did not know [the woman] but was in a ‘verbal confrontation’ with her, according to the charging document. The officer reported that Hirsch appeared intoxicated and that he admitted to having "three to four" drinks.
Hirsch’s attorney, Beverly Hills, California-based Robert Otter, issued a statement about the charges: "Regarding the charges that have been brought against Emile Hirsch today, the facts that I can relay are that he consumed an enormous amount of alcohol on the evening in question and he doesn’t have any memory of what happened at the time of the allegations. However, 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. Emile is continuing to cooperate fully with authorities."
Hirsch’s first court appearance is scheduled for March 16 at 8:30 a.m.
The assault charge is a third-degree felony. It carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine upon conviction. The intoxication charge is a class C misdemeanor. It carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $750 fine upon conviction.
Hirsch has starred in many films including "Into the Wild," "Lone Survivor" and "Milk." His last known address is in Encino, California, according to the charging document.