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Emile Hirsch charged with felony assault on woman

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Actor Emile Hirsch faces felony charges after putting a woman in a chokehold during an altercation on Jan. 25 during the Sundance Film Festival, according to The Associated Press.

On Thursday prosecutors said he is charged with aggravated assault, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Authorities told the AP that the assault occurred at a Tao Nightclub in Park City, Utah, where Hirsch allegedly choked the woman, she blacked out, and two people pulled Hirsch off of her.

Officers were called to the club after the victim reported the assault. The actor told them he did not know the woman, but was arguing with her. He also admitted to being intoxicated.

The victim told the police that, “Hirsch, looking drunk, approached her and asked her why she looked ‘so tough,'” the AP reported. He also told her she was a “rich kid who should not be at Sundance,” according to documents obtained by AP.

Hirsch, 29, is known for his role in Into the Wild, and was at Sundance for the premiere of the drama Ten Thousand Saints.

Investigators said that Hirsch grabbed the woman and she pushed him away, after which he left the area and sat down with friends. He then came back and grabbed the woman from behind, the AP reported.

“He put her in a chokehold, pulled her across the table and landed on top of her on the floor. Hirsch had his hands wrapped around the woman’s neck, and she said she saw things going dark and might have blacked out momentarily,” the AP reported.

Hirsch has also been charged with the misdemeanor of intoxication.

EW has reached out to the Park City Police Department for comment.

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