• Emile Hirsch from a scene in 'Into the Wild' (2007). (MARY EVANS PICTURE LIBRARY)Source: MARY EVANS PICTURE LIBRARY
US actor Emile Hirsch has pleaded guilty on Monday to a traumatising assault on a woman during the Sundance Film Festival, he has received a 15 day sentence.
Variety, Reuters

18 Aug 2015 - 9:58 AM  UPDATED 18 Aug 2015 - 10:20 AM

Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Milk) was accused of putting Paramount studio executive Daniele Bernfeld in a chokehold on January 25 at Tao Nightclub in Park City.

The US actor has avoided the maximum stint of five years in prison. Instead, he'll spend 15 days in jail, pay a US$4,750 fine and perform 50 hours of community service, the Associated Press reports. The charge will be dismissed once he completes the sentence.

Hirsch told the court today that there is "no excuse" for his behavior, which was "wrong" and "reckless". He also apologised to Bernfeld, who said Hirsch deserved stricter punishment for his actions in a statement read in court on her behalf. Bernfeld also said she thought she was going to die that day.

According to court documents, an intoxicated Hirsch approached Bernfeld at about 3:15 a.m. on January 25 and grabbed her. He allegedly put her in a chokehold shortly afterwards, during a separate encounter, and pulled her across a table and onto the floor. He then landed on top of her and wrapped his hands around her neck.

Hirsch's lawyer previously said that Hirsch was too intoxicated at the party to remember the encounter. Hirsch checked into rehab shortly following the charges.

"Emile consumed an enormous amount of alcohol on the evening in question and he has no memory of what happened," Hirsch's lawyer, Robert Offer, said in statement in mid-February.

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