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‘Rich white male privilege’

Jameela Jamil calls out Quentin Tarantino for casting actor who ‘strangled’ her friend

By WITW Staff on June 11, 2018

The Good Place actor Jameela Jamil had some choice words for Quentin Tarantino after news broke that he had cast Emil Hirsch in an upcoming movie. In 2015, Hirsch pleaded guilty to assaulting a female studio executive.

“Cool. Emile Hirsch strangled my tiny female best friend until she blacked out at a party in front of dozens of witnesses at Sundance Film Festival (and was convicted) but Tarantino just cast him in a movie,” Jamil tweeted last Friday, as US Weekly reports. “INTENSE case of rich white male privilege eh? Cool. Cool. Cool.”

In 2015, Hirsch pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault against Paramount Pictures executive Daniele Bernfeld; he was accused of dragging her across a table, putting her into a chokehold and body-slamming her at a nightclub during the Sundance Film Festival. Bernfeld said the attack was unprovoked.

Hirsch struck a plea deal with prosecutors to serve 15 days in prison, perform 50 hours of community service and pay a $4,750 fine. In exchange, a felony assault charge against him was dropped.

Actor Emile Hirsch is taken in to custody after appearing in court August 17, 2015, in Park City, Utah. Hirsch made a plea deal for misdemeanor assault and was been ordered to serve 15 days in jail, pay a $4,750 fine and perform 50 hours of community service. (Photo by Rick Bowmer-Pool/Getty Images)

Jamil wrote on Twitter that the attack left her friend with “three years of PTSD.” Jamil also said that Hirsch did not apologize to Bernfeld and did not pay for her treatment.

Among those to come to Hirsch’s defense was actor Eve Hewson, who wrote on Twitter that Hirsch had “owned up” to the assault. “People make mistakes and if they own up to them, we should always choose forgiveness,” Hewson added.

But Hewson’s choice of words — particularly referring to Hirsch’s actions as a “mistake” — did not sit well with Jamil.

“Post Time’s Up, let’s stop calling the extreme abuse of women ‘mistakes,’” she wrote. “Let’s cast actors who haven’t assaulted any women, and teach the next generation that assaulting women isn’t just a ‘mistake,’ it’s a career ending decision.”

Read the full story at US Weekly.

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