Emile Hirsch Is Hanging Out In Rehab After Being Charged With Assault For Choking A Woman At Sundance

February 13, 2015 / Posted by:

Last month, Emile Hirsch’s name popped up in the news after it was reported that he had gone full loco at a Sundance party by getting next-level hammered and putting Paramount executive Dani Bernfeld in a chokehold. And now TMZ says we finally have all the details of the fight and he’s been charged with felony assault. The only problem is, Emile claims he has no memory of ever doing it and is blaming it on the a-a-a-a-alcohol.

The Tale of the Choking Douche goes as follows: on the evening of January 25th, a drunk Emile cornered Dani Bernfeld and asked her why she looked “so tough” before hissing at her that she was a “rich kid” who didn’t belong at Sundance. Dani walked away and went to sit with her friends, and that’s when Emile came up from behind and put her in a chokehold, dragging her to the ground, and started choking her. 2 bystanders eventually pulled Emile off of Dani. Damn, sounds like someone was picking up more than just acting tips from Sean Penn on the set of Milk.

When cops showed up, they charged him with 3rd degree felony aggravated assault, which could potentially put him in the pokey for 5 years. Emile’s spokesperson says that Emile was very very drunk and had no idea what he was doing, and that he’s currently drying out in rehab:

“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.”

Allow me to translate from PR damage control to English for you: Emile has seen enough episodes of Beyond Scared Straight to know that he doesn’t want to go to there, so he’s doing some time at Betty Ford’s Cliffside Promises instead. Which is good, because it sounds like he might need it. I mean, how drunk do you have to be to think that Sundance is some sort of underground indie hipster film festival?

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