A studio executive who says actor Emile Hirsch choked and dragged her through a bar at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year in Utah is describing the incident as “insanely painful and absolutely terrifying,” according to public records obtained by The Associated Press.
In documents, Daniele Bernfeld, a Paramount Pictures executive, tells police that Hirsch grabbed her from behind in a chokehold, dragged her across a table, then slammed her body to the floor.
Slurring his words and trying to catch his balance, Hirsch admits to “mouthing off” but says he can’t remember what happened.
“She started kind of causing a ruckus and I sort of started getting intervening and this happened,” he said. “I don’t think it was much more than that to be honest…. I think she had a go at me and I probably defended myself.”
Reports also show Bernfeld was initially wary about pursing charges for the January 25 events at the Tao Nightclub because of their “sensitive nature” and the Into the Wildactor’s high profile, but changed her mind the following day when she realized the news was already making headlines.
“I am fundamentally not OK with what happened,” Bernfeld said that night, red marks still visible on her neck. “It was insanely painful and absolutely terrifying.”
Hirsch, who was questioned and handcuffed yet released, was charged with aggravated assault and intoxication three weeks later. He faces up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine on the felony charge, and a $750 fine and 90 days behind bars on the misdemeanor.
In June, the actor was back in court, where he received an August 17 court date.
Hirsch’s legal team is attempting to negotiate a plea deal, PEOPLE confirmed last month.
Following the altercation, Hirsch checked himself into an alcohol rehab facility.