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Emile Hirsch Charged With Assault for Choking Woman at Sundance

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Actor Emile Hirsch, known for his roles in Into the Wild and Milk, has been charged with one count of felony aggravated assault for allegedly putting a woman in a chokehold at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

Prosecutors say Hirsch, 29, was drunk when he got into an argument with the victim at a nightclub in Park City, Utah on Jan. 25. During the altercation, Hirsch is said to have put the woman in a chokehold as well as dragged her across a table. The woman may have briefly passed out before two people were able to separate Hirsch and the victim, according to the Associated Press.

If found guilty, Hirsch, who was at Sundance for the premiere of Ten Thousand Saints, could be punished with up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. He’s also facing a misdemeanor intoxication charge.


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