Emile Hirsch, pictured in court in June, was sentenced to jail in Utah after pleading guilty to assault. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

Scoop: Emile Hirsch pleads guilty to assault on studio exec

Emile Hirsch began serving 15 days in a Utah jail Monday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for putting a female studio executive in a chokehold and body-slamming her at a nightclub during the Sundance Film Festival.

The Associated Press reports that the “Into the Wild” star told a judge he was sorry for what happened Jan. 25 at Tao Nightclub in Park City. But the victim said Hirsch’s punishment should have been tougher.

Hirsch was intoxicated and on medications when he dragged the woman across a table, according to police and prosecutors.

“I know it was completely wrong and reckless and irresponsible,” said Hirsch, 30. “I have no excuses for not remembering. I put those chemicals inside me.”

Hirsch’s deal with prosecutors also calls for a $4,750 fine and 50 hours of community service. In exchange, a more serious felony assault charge was dropped and the misdemeanor will be dismissed if he completes his sentence.

Daniele Bernfeld, an executive for the Paramount Pictures subsidiary Insurge Pictures, said in a statement read in court that the violent and unprovoked attack has caused long-lasting effects beyond physical injuries.

“It took two people to pull him off me, and if not for their intervention, the attack would have continued,” she said. “I thought I was going to die.”

State Judge Kara Pettit agreed that there were no excuses for the attack but credited Hirsch for going to rehab, staying sober and offering what she considered a sincere apology.


The boyfriend of Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter has been arrested in her fatal stabbing on a New York City street.

Lamar Davenport, 30, was arrested on a murder charge Monday, a day after 33-year-old actress Edena Hines was found with stab wounds to her chest in front of her Upper Manhattan apartment building, according to the AP.

Freeman issued a statement saying, “The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer.”


Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, Britney Spears, the TV show “Empire,” One Direction and the late Paul Walker were among the top honorees at the 17th Teen Choice Awards. … Johnny Depp, playing guitar, joined Gene Simmons onstage at a Los Angeles benefit for a group providing surgery for children in need.


Oakland Raider Matt McCants is 26. … Comedian Andy Samberg is 37. … Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 45. … Actor Edward Norton is 46. …Actor Christian Slater is 46. … Actress Madeleine Stowe is 57. … Comedian-actor Denis Leary is 58. …. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 72. … Actor Robert Redford is 79. … Director Roman Polanski is 82.

_ Wire report

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