Actor Emile Hirsch will serve 15 days in jail after the Into the Wild star pleaded guilty on Monday to a misdemeanor assault charge for putting a female movie executive in a headlock during a film festival, a court official said.
Hirsch, 30, had initially faced a felony count of aggravated assault related to the January 25 attack on Daniele Bernfeld, which took place at the Tao nightclub in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival.
The actor could have faced up to five years in prison on that charge.
But under a plea deal with prosecutors, he appeared in court on Monday and pleaded guilty to the reduced misdemeanor count.
According to court documents, Hirsch was intoxicated when he approached Paramount studio executive Bernfeld in the nightclub at about 3:15am and grabbed her.
A short time later, he put her in a chokehold and pulled her over a table and onto the floor, landing on top of her with his hands around her neck.
Hirsch’s attorneys have said he drank too much alcohol, did not remember the incident, and checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation a few days later.
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