Emile Hirsch enters rehab following assault charges
Emile Hirsch has entered rehab, following assault charges filed against him for a January incident at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Into the Wild star was charged with felony aggravated assault on Thursday after police say he put a woman in a chokehold at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25.
“Emile consumed an enormous amount of alcohol on the evening in question and he has no memory of what happened,” the actor’s lawyer Robert Offer said in a statement, per TheWrap. “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.”
Authorities told the Associated Press that the assault occurred at a Tao Nightclub in Park City, Utah, where Hirsch, 29, allegedly choked Paramount Studios executive Daniele Bernfeld. She blacked out, and two people pulled Hirsch off her.
Hirsch was in Park City promoting the debut of his new film Ten Thousand Saints.
A conviction on the assault charge could bring a sentence of up to five years for Hirsch, in addition to a $5,000 fine.