Emile Hirsch Charged With Assault After Incident at Sundance Film Festival

by Meredith B. Kile 5:05 PM PST, February 12, 2015
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Actor Emile Hirsch was charged with assault Thursday, stemming from an incident that occurred at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

The Into the Wild star was allegedly at TAO Nightclub in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 25, when he got into an altercation, putting a woman in a chokehold.

A source told ET at the time that Hirsch and the woman seemed at first to be joking around – but then things escalated and the police were called. Hirsch now faces a felony charge of aggravated assault as well as a misdemeanor intoxication charge. If convicted on the assault charge, Hirsch could face up to five years in state prison and a $5,000 fine.

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Police documents allege that Hirsch looked drunk when he approached the woman and asked her why she looked "so tough." He also allegedly told the woman she was a "rich kid who should not be at Sundance."

After walking away and sitting down with friends, Hirsch reportedly approached the woman again and allegedly put her in a chokehold, pulling her across the table and landing on top of her on the floor. According to police, the victim alleges she "saw things going dark and might have blacked out momentarily."

According to the AP, an eyewitness at the club backs up the victim's account of the events and Hirsch admitted to police that he was intoxicated.

The actor was attending the festival to promote his latest film, Ten Thousand Saints.