The Paramount executive allegedly assaulted by Emile Hirsch this year at the Sundance Film Festival told police the actor “choked me up, threw me across the table, and I felt the front of my throat hit the back of my throat,” according to an interview recorded by a police officer’s body camera. The information was in investigative documents obtained by the Associated Press.
“It was insanely painful and absolutely terrifying,” Paramount Digital VP Daniele Bernfeld said the night of the incident at the Tao nightclub in Park City, Utah.
Hirsch acknowledged having three or four drinks that night but said he couldn’t remember exactly what happened. “She started kind of causing a ruckus and I sort of started getting intervening and this happened,” said Hirsch. “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.”
“I have seen quite a few fights in my life, but this was pretty violent,” a film director whose name is redacted in the documents told police.
Hirsch has been charged with aggravated assault and intoxication. The felony assault is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine and the misdemeanor by a $750 fine and 90 days behind bars.
Hirsch appeared in court June 8 in Park City following a stint in rehab, according to his attorney Neil Kaplan, but hasn’t entered a plea. The judge in the case set an August 17 court date. Hirsch’s attorney told the court they have been negotiating a possible plea deal, but the talks could still fall apart before the next hearing.
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