Emile Hirsch has checked himself into rehab after drunkenly choking a woman during last month’s Sundance Film Festival.
The Into the Wild actor’s spokesperson made the announcement after it was reported that police have charged him with felony aggravated assault for attacking Paramount executive Daniele Bernfeld at the festival party on January 25.
According to TMZ, Bernfeld told cops that a drunk Hirsch came over to her in the Tao nightclub in Park City, Utah and then began arguing with her, even though they don’t know each other. Then he proceeded to ‘put her in a chokehold,’ throw her on the floor, and press his hands firmly on her neck while on top of her.
Bernfeld also told cops she almost blacked out due to his choking her and eventually, two bystanders pulled him away from her.
Police were called, who noticed Hirsch’s drunken state and the choke marks on Bernfeld’s neck. Hirsch also admitted to cops that he had been drinking, and has been cooperating with them ever since.
In a statement to TMZ, Hirsch’s spokesperson Robert Offer said, ‘Emile consumed an enormous amount of alcohol on the evening in question and he has no memory of what happened. 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.’
Hirsch faces five years in jail if convicted.