Emile Hirsch: Actor Charged For Assaulting Paramount Exec, Dani Bernfeld, During Sundance Festival

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Emile Hirsch has been charged with felony assault, stemming from an incident that occurred during the Sundance Festival. Variety is reporting that Emile Hirsch, best known for his roles in Into the Wild and Bonnie and Clyde, is now charged for choking Dani Bernfeld, a Paramount Pictures executive.

The events took place during the early morning hours at the Tao nightclub in Park City, Utah. TheInquisitr reported on the Sundance Festival drama last month, where it was stated that Hirsch was under investigation for the assault.

Witnesses say that an intoxicated Hirsch taunted Dani Bernfeld about “looking tough” and “being rich,” causing Bernfeld to move away from Hirsch. That’s when witnesses say he followed her, put her in a chokehold, dragged her across the table and onto the floor. He then proceeded to choke her, according to onlookers. TMZ describes what happened next.

“While on top, he allegedly wrapped his hands around her neck and began to choke her. She said she felt as though ‘the front and back of her throat were touching and she remembers things going dark.’ “

Another insider told Page Six the following.

“Something happened between the movie exec and Emile, and she said she had been assaulted and asked security to call the police. Emile didn’t leave the scene, and calmly waited for the police to arrive, and spoke with them until around 5 a.m., after which he went home with his friends. No arrests were made.”

Close friends of the actor are shocked that he would be involved in a felony assault against anyone, stating that “he’s a really nice guy.” Fans of the actor have different opinions about the assault, with some fans stating that they wouldn’t mind being choked by the Emile Hirsch since he is so cute. Others find his behavior appalling and feel that he should be prosecuted—cute or not. Here are some of the varying opinions.

“Did you really choke that lady at the Sundance Film Festival? Say it ain’t true!”

“You’re going to prison you little b***h. Not even rehab will save you.”

“He is still the Alpha Dog.”

“I definitely wouldn’t mind being in a choke hold by him.”

“The women don’t seem to care that this little guy mite beat the Crap out of them lol as long as he is cute.”

“He can choke me.”

“There is something wrong with you guys. People like you are why Domestic Violence is such an issue.”

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