Emile Hirsch charged with assault on Paramount executive

'Into the Wild' actor Emile Hirsch charged with assault on Paramount employee

Actor Emile Hirsch has been charged with assault in Utah after he allegedly put a woman in a chokehold until she nearly passed out during the Sundance Film Festival, according to the Associated Press.

Hirsch, 29, best known for his roles in "Into the Wild” and “Lone Survivor,” was charged Thursday in the Jan. 25 incident at Tao Nightclub in Park City, according to the Associated Press. It said that according to a criminal complaint, he was charged with aggravated assault.

Officials from the Summit County prosecutor’s office could not be reached for comment. Park City police declined to comment because charges had been filed.

The victim was Paramount Pictures' Daniele Bernfeld, according to the AP.

Bernfeld is vice president of Paramount Digital Entertainment and Insurge Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter

According to the complaint, an apparently drunk Hirsch approached Bernfeld, calling her a "rich kid," and telling her she did not belong at the festival, then grabbed her; she pushed him away, the AP reported. He returned later and put her in a chokehold from behind, then pulled her across a table and landed on top of her, the AP said, citing court documents.

Bernfeld told authorities that she nearly or briefly lost consciousness, according to the AP. Hirsch told police that he didn’t know Bernfeld but that they did have an argument, the AP reported.

Hirsch told police he had been drinking, according to the AP, and officers noted he was showing signs of intoxication.

Hirsch was not arrested at the time, according to the AP.

He is scheduled to make his first court appearance March 16, according to the AP.

A call to Hirsch's lawyer was not immediately returned. 

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