In a statement read to a Utah court on Monday, Paramount Pictures studio executive Daniele Bernfield said she thought she was “was going to die” when actor Emile Hirsch grabbed her from behind and put her in a chokehold before pulling her across a table in January at a Park City nightclub. “It took two people to pull him off me, and if not for their intervention, the attack would have continued,” her statement said. The 30-year-old actor, known for his work in film likes like Into the Wild and Milk, claims he was so intoxicated he does not remember the assault. Hirsch was ordered to spend 15 days behind bars, complete 50 hours of community service, and abstain from drugs and alcohol, a sentence Bernfield considers too lenient. “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 asked.
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