“Emile consumed an enormous amount of alcohol on the evening in question and he has no memory of what happened,” Hirsch’s lawyer, Robert Offer, said in statement released Friday.
“Emile takes these allegations very seriously, and is devastated that any of this has occurred,” Offer added. “A few days after the incident, Emile sought help and checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation facility, where he remains today, to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.”
Hirsch was charged Thursday with felony assault in connection with the incident at the Tao nightclub on Jan. 25. Police responded to a 4 a.m. call and a Paramount executive, Daniele Bernfeld, described a physical altercation and accused a drunken Hirsch of putting her “in a chokehold.”
According to court documents, Bernfeld was approached by Hirsch at about 3:15 a.m. Hirsch appeared intoxicated, and asked why she looked “so tough” and said she was a “rich kid” who should not be at Sundance. He then grabbed Bernfeld, but she pushed him away and he left the area with some friends.
Shortly after, Hirsch came up to Bernfeld from behind and wrapped his arm around her to put her in a chokehold, according to the documents. Hirsch then allegedly pulled her across a table and onto the floor, where he landed on top of her and wrapped his hands around her neck.
His court date is currently set for March 16 on a charge of aggravated assault, a third degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to five years in Utah State Prison.
The 29-year-old actor’s credits include “Lone Survivor,” “Speed Racer” and “Into the Wild.”