Emile Hirsch Pleads Guilty to Choking Film Exec, Gets Jail Time

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Emile Hirsch is heading to jail after pleading guilty to choking Paramount Digital VP Daniele Bernfeld Jan. 25 at a Sundance Film Festival party at TAO nightclub. According to Deadline, the Into the Wild actor put the studio exec in a chokehold, and she thought she was going to die.

Law enforcement officials told TMZ at the time Emile was "heavily intoxicated" when the incident went down. Not long after it happened, he checked himself into rehab.

The actor claims he still can't remember what happened that early morning in January, according to Deadline, but told the court there was "no excuse" for his behavior and it was "wrong" and "reckless." He also apologized to Daniele, who he reportedly choked after she turned down his advances.

Emile will not only serve 15 days in jail, but has to pay a $4,750 fine and do 50 hours of community service. Deadline also reported that he will get 90 days probation, is required to participated in an aftercare treatment program, and will make a payment of restitution to Daniele. The amount of that payment will be determined in civil court.
Emile Hirsch Court AppearanceIf he completes the sentence, all of the charges will be dismissed. If he doesn't meet all of those requirements, he will go to jail for a year.

Considering the circumstances, it looks like Emile got off pretty easy. Hopefully, he'll complete all of the requirements of his sentence and continue to turn his life around.

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