According to multiple reports, the Into the Wild star pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in a Park City, Utah, court on Monday after being accused of violently attacking Paramount Digital VP Daniele Bernfeld at TAO Nightclub on Jan. 25
The Associated Press reports that the 30-year-old actor will spend 15 days in jail, pay a $4,750 fine and do 50 hours of community service. If he completes the sentence, the charge will be dismissed.
“Mr. Hirsch did something inexcusable,” said Deputy County Attorney Ryan Stack today after the plea was made and the deal was announced, Deadline reports.
Bernfeld said she wasn’t pleased with the deal, calling his sentence the “bare minimum” and adding, “I thought I was going to die” when Hirsch attacked her and put her in a chokehold at a party during the Sundance Film Festival.
She’s also called Hirsch’s actions that night “insanely painful and absolutely terrifying,” according to public records obtained by the Associated Press.
Hirsch told police he couldn’t remember exactly what happened but admitted to “mouthing off” to Bernfeld and then acting in defense when she accosted him.
“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,” he said at the time.
If not for the plea deal, Hirsch could have spent up to five years behind bars. The intoxication misdemeanor also could have gotten Hirsch a $750 fine and 90 days in jail.