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Emile Hirsch pleads guilty to assault against Paramount executive

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Emile Hirsch pleaded guilty on Monday to misdemeanor assault stemming from a January incident at the Sundance Film Festival, according to the Associated Press. The actor will spend 15 days in jail, pay a $4,750 fine, and have to complete 50 hours of community service. The charge will be dismissed from Hirsch’s record upon completion of the terms in his plea deal.

Hirsch, 30, was charged in February after he allegedly choked and knocked out Paramount Studios executive Daniele Bernfeld at TAO Nightclub in Park City on Jan. 25. The actor, who had been drinking the night of the incident and has said he does not remember it, entered rehab shortly after charges were filed.

“I know it was completely wrong and reckless and irresponsible,” Hirsch said Monday in court, according to the AP. “I have no excuses for not remembering. I put those chemicals inside me.”

Bernfeld said, via a statement from her lawyer, that “the punishment does not fit the crime.”

“If a violent attack in front of a roomful of witnesses can be labeled a misdemeanor and dismissed, what of women who are assaulted while alone in hallways or bathrooms, or behind the closed doors of their own homes,” she said.

Hirsch’s lawyer did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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