Emile Hirsch made headlines for all the wrong reasons on Sunday after he was accused of assaulting a female film executive at the Sundance Film Festival. And new details about this story are not painting the Ten Thousand Saints actor in a very good light.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, police were called to Tao nightclub in Park City, Utah, where the actor had been partying during the Sundance Film Festival. At the time, the details of what happened between the film exec from Paramount Pictures and Hirsch were still pretty hazy, but now more details have emerged about what actually went down.
According to the New York Post‘s Page Six, the woman has been identified as Dani Bernfeld, and a source says Hirsch allegedly had her in a chokehold during the altercation. The publication also reports that sources told them the actor appeared to be inebriated at the nightclub and was picking on the woman.
“Emile was aggressively picking on Dani,” said a source, adding, “He got even more aggressive and aggro [sic]. He pushed Dani up against a table, and then he put her in a headlock.”
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Another source said Hirsch allegedly put Bernfeld in a “chokehold” and that, “He attacked her from behind — he completely blindsided her after he’d been shit-talking and was already led away from her once.”
The motivation for Hirsch’s aggression is unclear although the sources’ accounts of what allegedly happened do not paint the actor in a good light.
Page Six reports that the Park City police have confirmed they were investigating the incident, and a county sheriff will decide if charges will be filed.