UTAH (KRON) — Actor Emile Hirsch is being charged with felony aggravated assault after he allegedly put a woman in a chokehold during a Sundance Film Festival party.
The alleged assault happened Jan. 25 at the Tao Nightclub in Park City, Utah. Authorities say it took two people to pull Hirsch off the woman after he she blacked out while in his clutch.
Citing charging documents, The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Hirsch approached the victim from behind and put her in a choke hold, pulling her across the table and onto the floor, where he landed on top of her.
The 29-year-old admitted being intoxicated. Hirsch told police that he didn’t know the woman but was having an argument with her.
He was at Sundance for the premiere of the drama “Ten Thousand Saints.”
Hirsch starred in the popular teen flick “The Girl Next Door” as well as the critically acclaimed “Into the Wild,” a film based on the true story of a college student athlete who gave away all of his possessions and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
The Encino, California-based actor is due in a Utah court on March 16. Aggravated assault is punishable by up to five years in prison.