Emile Hirsch Charged With Felony Assault In Sundance Fight

Police have charged Emile Hirsch with felony aggravated assault for choking Paramount executive Dani Bernfeld during a fight at the Sundance Film Festival last month. If convicted, the actor could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, law enforcement officials in Utah’s Summit County tell Deadline.
The scuffle happened around 3:30 AM on January 25 during a Sundance party at the nightclub Tao. Police were called after Bernfeld, who is VP of Paramount Digital Entertainment and Insurge Pictures, reported the incident to security. Hirsch, who has starred in Lone Survivor, Into The Wild and the miniseries Bonnie & Clyde, was in Park City for the premiere of the drama Ten Thousand Saints.

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39 Comments

  1. Tellyon Feb 12, 2015 4:33 pm

    Yes, what he did was wrong, no doubt there..but Bernfeld is one of the most disliked and ineffective “execs” around. Still don’t condone violence but..

    • on Feb 12, 2015 8:15 pm

      But what?

    • Vladon Feb 12, 2015 8:41 pm

      Really? So what if she’s disliked?!! If this guy battered her then he deserves prison time. The description of the attack is horrific. What if this were you or one of your loved ones?

    • Anonymouson Feb 12, 2015 9:38 pm

      I don’t think it’s fair to make anonymous assertions like that, but I do think it’s fair to question the wisdom of being at a nightclub at 3:30 am on a business trip. Yes, perhaps that is how business gets done in Hollywood, but then the larger question would be, should it?

    • on Feb 12, 2015 10:21 pm

      Good God.

    • on Feb 13, 2015 5:17 am

      There is no excuse for what happened. None. t doesn’t matter what clothes she was wearing. Her sexual history doesn’t matter. Nor does it matter if she’s the biggest bitch in town. Get a clue. None of that matters! She was ASSAULTED. This guy is in serious trouble and I hope he gets more than community service.

      • Cleoon Feb 25, 2015 2:17 pm

        Being at a nightclub at 3:30 am? Are you serious? Adults are legally allowed to go anywhere they want at any time of the day or night in this country. Not at all fair to blame the victim. No one’s business should have to change simply because of one violent, drunken creep.

        Should we have a society in which women are only permitted to be in public with a male relative? Should women who think they are self-possessed adults who are equal to men be punished? What the hell is the matter with you?

  2. Wayne Beauon Feb 12, 2015 4:47 pm

    Nothing good ever happens that late.

    • Hughon Feb 12, 2015 5:12 pm

      I beg to differ.

    • on Feb 12, 2015 6:49 pm

      I wouldn’t say “nothing good,” but as a great friend once said at 4am, “I refuse to make I important decisions after midnight.”

      – Mojo

      • on Feb 12, 2015 9:25 pm

        And choking someone definitely falls into the category of an important decision…

  3. Gil Brookson Feb 12, 2015 5:14 pm

    Speed Racer! NOOOOOO!

  4. C. Brownon Feb 12, 2015 5:26 pm

    She probably instigated it.

    • on Feb 13, 2015 8:39 am

      who is this- Chris Brown?

  5. Charleson Feb 12, 2015 6:06 pm

    I think it’s Lone Survivor.

  6. Hnonon Feb 12, 2015 6:17 pm

    It’s titled “Lone Survivor”, numb nuts.

  7. herroon Feb 12, 2015 6:26 pm

    Alcoholism sucks.

  8. Etoroon Feb 12, 2015 6:45 pm

    Can someone. Anyone try to come up with an explanation how thus fught started? That’s the $64,000 question.

    • Tom Tommowowon Feb 12, 2015 8:21 pm

      Why $64,000?

    • tinkerbellon Feb 13, 2015 6:10 am

      Agreed. So far we’ve only heard her side of the story. Where is his side of the story about what lead up to this? Witnesses? They were at a party so surely there were witnesses who could offer some information in this regard. What provoked this alleged altercation? Where booze or drugs involved with either or both of them? Is there some kind of history between the two of them? Was she verbally harassing him all night and finally he snapped? Was he hitting on her and she turned him down and he flipped out? Were threats being made prior to things getting physical? Were others involved? We don’t even know if he was the first to get physical. Did she need to seek medical attention afterward? So much information is missing that it sounds like some bullshit story Lena Dunham or Amazing Amy would make up and expect everyone to automatically believe and never question.

  9. DTon Feb 12, 2015 8:13 pm

    Hey Telly, whatever you think of Bernfeld as an executive could LITERALLY have less to do with what happened. They have absolutely nothing to do with each other. It’s actually mind boggling. Please email your mother, and tell her that you just talked about someone being an “ineffective exec” directly after downplaying an assault on a woman. It’s gross.

    And no this is not Bernfeld, I’m a husband of a woman who has been made to feel unsafe far too many times. It’s a feeling I will never know. But the least I can do is not downplay a violent assault by a drunk entitled actor.

    • Guyon Feb 12, 2015 9:11 pm

      Not only are you not Bernfeld, but you weren’t there at all.

      • DTon Feb 12, 2015 10:37 pm

        Were you there? If so, are you defending his behavior? Or are you just making a brilliant observation about where I was when this incident occurred? If so, touche Guy. You burned me good. I guess commenting that Bernfeld is an “ineffective exec” is once again a valid thing to say, because I wasn’t there.

    • Tellyon Feb 13, 2015 10:09 am

      Your comments LITERALLY don’t matter. Get a life

  10. maxon Feb 12, 2015 8:44 pm

    Any man who gets into a physical altercation with a woman is a total jerk.

  11. on Feb 12, 2015 9:04 pm

    And the said he couldn’t get arrested…

  12. Tishon Feb 12, 2015 9:21 pm

    Drunk entitled actor is right…

  13. on Feb 12, 2015 9:45 pm

    Emile gets ZERO street cred for trying to beat up a girl. In fact, he gets negative street cred. Maybe dude has short man’s complex?! He’s like 5’4″ just sayin…

  14. MimiBon Feb 12, 2015 9:55 pm

    Other reports say he was definitely the instigator… he didn’t even know her, but approached her at the bar angry about the way she was dressed. He was, according to reports, offended that she looked well off. She left the bar area, went to sit a table with friends, he came over, yelling and put her in a stranglehold from behind, pulling her to the floor. It took two bystanders to pull him off her.

  15. mellifluouson Feb 12, 2015 11:33 pm

    to paraphrase former SF mayer Willie Brown: “Maybe she needed to get choked.”
    in the eternal struggle of artist vs studio executive, i’m gonna go with artist. this time and probably every other time. drunk or sober.

  16. WfRon Feb 13, 2015 3:20 am

    After reading reports of it from Variety, TMZ, and other news/entertainment sources, it doesn’t look good for Hirsch. What he did was totally unacceptable and definitely needs to serve time for this, in addition to rehab.

  17. Callahanon Feb 13, 2015 5:25 am

    To begin with, no real man should ever lay his hands on a woman. But how does this guy actually choke her out? Did he think they were in his Red Room? So many shades of wrong here.

  18. alon Feb 13, 2015 6:31 am

    Soft compromise

  19. on Feb 13, 2015 6:58 am

    Just when you think you can’t be shocked.

    Are you really blaming the victim?

    Somehow I thought this community would be supportive and not take an opportunity to slag off another woman. Oh, right, she was out at a club.

    Am I the only disgusted by what happened and some of the comments.

    Hate and envy. Again.

  20. on Feb 13, 2015 7:09 am

    So an entitled, spoiled, overpaid actor and an entitled, spoiled, “creative” executive walk into a bar…

    If only an ineffective, 10-second attention span agent and a blowhard producer were also involved.

  21. Water Tower Heroon Feb 13, 2015 8:12 am

    Sorta surprised Paramount didn’t sweep this under the rug, just as they did with the Vantage fatality in Cannes, a few years back…

  22. RTon Feb 13, 2015 10:11 am

    Congrats to Paramount for having one of the most disliked exec’s in town who apparently talent thinks acts like a snob. She puts the studio in a GREAT light!

    • on Feb 13, 2015 5:03 pm

      I can now see why you “sophisticated” Hollywood people turn your noses up at the flyover states. You really are soooo much more cultured don’t you know.

  23. on Mar 11, 2015 6:29 pm

    No, Speed Racer, no!