U.S. actor Emile Hirsch gets 15 days in jail for festival assault

August 18, 2015

Actor Emile Hirsch will serve 15 days in jail after the “Into the Wild” star pleaded guilty on Monday (Aug 17) to a misdemeanor assault charge for putting a female movie executive in a headlock during a film festival.


Hirsch had initially faced a felony count of aggravated assault related to the Jan. 25 attack on Daniele Bernfeld, which took place at the Tao nightclub in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival.

The actor could have faced up to five years in prison on that charge. But under a plea deal with prosecutors, he appeared in court on Monday and pleaded guilty to the reduced misdemeanor count.

Hirsch was taken to the Summit County Jail to begin serving his sentence, said Nancy Volmer, spokeswoman for the Utah State Courts. He must also pay a $4,750 fine and perform 50 hours of community service.

He must not use alcohol or illegal drugs, Volmer added, and could serve a full year in jail if he violates the plea deal.