Emile Hirsch Claims He Was Defending Himself in Alleged Sundance Assault: New Documents

Emile Hirsch
Emile Hirsch cites self defence in new police documents detailing his Sundance assault case Chad Hurst/Getty Images

Shocking new details have emerged from Emile Hirsch’s Sundance assault case. In police documents obtained by the Associated Press, Paramount executive Daniele Bernfeld gives her account of the incident she describes as "absolutely terrifying."

Bernfeld told police that Hirsch “choked me up, threw me across the table, and I felt the front of my throat hit the back of my throat,” according to an interview recorded by a police officer’s body camera. “It was insanely painful and absolutely terrifying,” the Paramount Digital VP added of the incident, which occurred at Tao nightclub in Park City, Utah, in January 2015.

Hirsch, for his part, admitted in the docs to “mouthing off” with Bernfeld but said that he couldn’t remember exactly what happened after having three or four drinks. “She started kind of causing a ruckus and I sort of started… intervening and this happened,” he’s recorded as saying in the documents. “I don't think it was much more than that to be honest…I think she had a go at me and I probably defended myself."

“I have seen quite a few fights in my life, but this was pretty violent,” an unnamed film director is quoted as telling police.

Hirsch, who has not entered a plea yet and checked into rehab following the incident, has been charged with aggravated assault and intoxication. He’s expected again in court Aug. 17.

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