Emile Hirsch Checks Into Rehab Following Assault Charge
By Antoinette Bueno
Actor Emile Hirsch is taking some time for himself.
The 29-year-old Into the Wild actor is entering rehab after being charged with felony assault on Thursday, stemming from an incident that occurred at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Hirsch was allegedly at TAO Nightclub in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 25, when he got into an altercation, putting Paramount executive Daniele Bernfeld in a reported chokehold.
"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 to ET on Friday. "Emile takes these allegations very seriously, and is devastated that any of this has occurred. A few days after the incident, Emile sought help and checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation facility, where he remains today, to ensure nothing like this ever happens again."
Hirsch 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.
A source told ET at the time that Hirsch and Bernfeld seemed at first to be joking around -- but then things escalated and the police were called. 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."