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Emile Hirsch Appears in Court on Sundance Festival Assault Charge

Actor is accused of drunkenly attacking Paramount executive

Actor Emile Hirsch appeared in a Utah court on Monday in connection with an assault charge stemming from a January incident during the Sundance Film Festival in which he allegedly assaulted a Paramount executive, the Associated Press reports.

The actor appeared in a Park City court on Monday, where a preliminary hearing date was set for Aug. 17, during which prosecutors will outline the evidence against Hirsch.

The “Into the Wild” actor,  30, has been charged with third-degree felony assault and misdemeanor intoxication. He faces a maximum five years in jail and $5,000 fine on the assault charge and a 90-day jail sentence and a $750 fine for the intoxication charge.

During Monday’s court appearance, a judge told attorneys that they can present any plea agreement they reach during the August hearing, though attorneys did not comment on any negotiations that might be underway.

Hirsch is accused of drunkenly attacking Paramount executive Daniele Bernfeld at Park City’s Tao nightclub, putting her in a chokehold.

Following the alleged incident, Hirsch reportedly entered rehab.

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