Date: 18th August 2015
Actor Emile Hirsch has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for attacking a female movie executive at Sundance, with his victim telling the court, "He choked me until I blacked out … I thought I was going to die."
The actor was sentenced to 15 days in jail, starting immediately, and will be required to pay $4,750 and do 50 hours of community service. But Bernfeld told the court that his punishment doesn’t go far enough.
Issuing a statement detailing her ordeal at Hirsch’s hands, which was read in the court before the “Into The Wild” star was sentenced, Bernfeld said, "I was subjected to a violent and unprovoked attack by a complete stranger. The defendant, Emile Hirsch, put me in a chokehold, pulled me off my feet and threw me on the floor. With the full force of his weight, he choked me until I blacked out. It took two people to pull him off me, and if not for their intervention, the attack would have continued. I thought I was going to die."
She continued, This act of violence has greater implications than the physical injuries I sustained. The long-lasting effects of this assault will remain with me. Mr. Hirsch’s plea, however, provides that in 90 days his case will be dismissed without record. There is no assurance that he will serve any of the 15 days of jail time associated with his plea.
Source: Press Release