Actor Emile Hirsch began serving 15 days in a Utah jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for putting a female studio executive in a chokehold and body-slamming her at a nightclub during the Sundance Film Festival.
The “Into the Wild” star told a judge Monday that he was sorry and was learning to take responsibility for his actions, saying he has no excuse for what happened Jan. 25 at Tao Nightclub in Park City. But the victim said Hirsch’s punishment should have been tougher.
Hirsch was intoxicated and taking medications when he dragged the woman across a table, according to police and prosecutors.
“I know it was completely wrong and reckless and irresponsible,” said Hirsch, 30, who wore jeans, a sport coat and tie to court. “I have no excuses for not remembering. I put those chemicals inside me.”
Hirsch’s deal with prosecutors also calls for a $4,750 fine and 50 hours of community service. In exchange, a more serious felony assault charge was dropped and the misdemeanor will be dismissed if he completes his sentence.
Daniele Bernfeld, an executive for the Paramount Pictures subsidiary Insurge Pictures, said in a statement read in court that the violent and unprovoked attack has caused long-lasting effects beyond physical injuries.
“It took two people to pull him off me, and if not for their intervention, the attack would have continued,” she said. “I thought I was going to die.”
She said authorities treated her with respect and dignity, but she’s disappointed that prosecutors agreed to a deal that meets the bare minimum.
“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?” Bernfeld said in a statement sent by Los Angeles attorney Don Etra.
Defending the deal, Summit County Attorney Robert Hilder noted that Hirsch has accepted responsibility, shown remorse and went to rehab in Utah immediately after the incident. The prosecutor said he will ensure Hirsch, of Encino, California, serves the full 15 days in jail and that his community service is meaningful.
Hilder said of Bernfeld’s complaints: “That was a terrifying experience. I don’t think we could have given enough jail to satisfy her.”
Hilder, a former state judge, said he thinks the jail time will affect Hirsch.
“I don’t know how many of you good gentleman have spent 15 days in jail, but 15 minutes is too much for me. I think he will learn from that,” the prosecutor said.
What motivated Hirsch to attack Bernfeld that night remains unclear. The actor said in court that he still doesn’t remember what happened but took responsibility for drinking an enormous amount of alcohol and putting himself in that position. He also was taking medications, Hilder said, but didn’t reveal what kind.
State Judge Kara Pettit agreed that there were no excuses for the attack but credited Hirsch for going to rehab, staying sober and offering what she considered a sincere apology. She noted he had no previous history of violent or criminal behavior.
She said he would serve one year in jail if he doesn’t complete all the stipulations of the deal.
The prosecutor acknowledged that he’s troubled he does not know what motivated Hirsch in the “shocking” attack.
Hirsch was at Sundance for the premiere of the drama “Ten Thousand Saints.” He is best known for his starring role in “Into the Wild” and has also appeared in “The Girl Next Door,” ”Milk,” and Universal’s Navy SEAL drama “Lone Survivor,” Peter Berg’s account of a disastrous 2005 military operation in Afghanistan.
As part of the deal, Hirsch was ordered not to drink alcohol or use drugs. He told the judge he will continue going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Hirsch, who has a young son, said he’s grown up after going to rehab, learning the importance of “not just saying I’m sorry, but letting my actions line up with my words.”
Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Has Died Aged 75
Hollywood star Rutger Hauer has died aged 75.
The actor was best known for playing Roy Batty in the 1982 movie Blade Runner and also Sin City, Batman Begins and TV show True Blood.
His agent Steve Kenis confirmed Hauer died on Friday following a short illness. His funeral was held on Wednesday.
Tributes have begun pouring in for the star, with Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro tweeting to say: “RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films.”
KISS musician Gene Simmons wrote: “Sad to hear Rutger Hauer has passed away. He was always a gentleman, kind and compassionate. Sending our condolences and prayers to his family, friends and fans.”
Hauer was born in Breukelen in the Netherlands and did stints in both the merchant navy and army before he became an actor.
He got his big break in 1969, when he became the lead in TV series Floris.
Away from acting, Hauer launched The Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation, which aimed to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, especially within children and pregnant women.
Issuing a statement following his death, the foundation said: “The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association announces with infinite sadness that after a very short illness, on Friday, July 19, 2019, Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home.
“He leaves his beloved wife Ineke, after they have been together for fifty years.
“We at Starfish will always cherish the many unforgettable memories we have of Rutger and his dedication to the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.
“One of Rutger’s last wishes was that Starfish should continue its charity activity and its fight against the AIDS disease, and with Ineke’s precious help, involvement and direction we will follow Rutger’s wish and will do our best to carry on Rutger’s inestimable legacy.”
Freeform defends Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”!
Just in case you haven’t heard, Halle Bailey is the new Ariel, in an upcoming “The Little Mermaid” movie! She has been receiving messages from fans and other celebrities, congratulating her for landing the role!
Amongst those who congratulated her is Halle Berry, in a tweet she posted, “In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you!” She also added that she was “thrilled” for the 19 year old. However, not everyone was happy about Disney’s decision to cast a black woman for this role.
Some critics went as far as petitioning Disney to recast for this role, and titled their petition #NotMyAriel! They suggested that Halle should be replaced by a white woman with red hair, who would resemble the Ariel that they know from the 1989 animated version of The Little Mermaid. Now Freeform, Disney’s cable network, has decided to issue an open letter in response to this.
The letter read, “Yes. The original author of The Little Mermaid was Danish. Ariel…is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legit swim wherever she wants (even though that often upsets King Triton, absolute zaddy). But for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ariel, too, is Danish”.
Freeform also added that, “Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian (sorry, Flounder!) and keep that bronze base tight. Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair”! Freeform then went on to remind the critics that Ariel and the story, is only fictional!
Beyoncé is the New Nala! The Lion King Fans Are Not so Impressed!
Are you as much of a fan of both Beyonce and The Lion King as I am? I mean, Beyonce could sing the phone book and I would still think she sounds angelic! And as an African, I am bound to love The Lion King!
If you are at least a fan of either, Beyonce or The Lion King, I’m sure you already know that Beyonce stars as Nala in the latest Lion King movie. Now its trailer is already out, and it is set to hit the cinemas soon! There are also beautiful photos of the “Lion King” cast all over the internet. Have I already told you just how beautiful the photos are? If you would like to see them, check them out here!
Now the problem is that some Twitter users are not so happy with “Queen Bey” as Nala! Honestly, I personally wouldn’t find fault in anything that Beyonce does, but clearly, not everyone shares the same sentiments as myself! One critic claimed that Beyonce is being “too Beyonce”, I don’t even know what that means.
The critic tweeted, “It’s like something is off here, maybe the lions look too real for voice-overs. And I know Nala is Beyonce but it sounds very Beyonce. It’s so distracting…”! Another also posted, “Okay I’m going to be brave and say this but I don’t think I like Beyonce as Nala. I wish she had just done the soundtrack but her voice doesn’t suit Nala. Hope I’m wrong…”!
Another Twitter user suggested that Queen Bey should have tried to change her voice to suit the character, saying her voice is “too distinct for this. It doesn’t even sound like she attempted to change the sound of her voice for the character”.
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