Actor Emile Hirsch appears in Utah court on assault charge

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Following allegations he put a studio executive in a chokehold, the actor shows up to court. Check out what he wore in his mug shot.
PARK CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Emile Hirsch (L) is seen during a court appearance at 3rd Judicial District Court March 16, 2015 in Park City, Utah. Hirsch is facing charges of aggravated assault and intoxication after he allegedly choked Paramount Pictures executive Daniele Bernfeld at a nightclub January 25 during the Sundance Film Festival. (Photo by Chad Hurst/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Emile Hirsch (C) is seen during a court appearance at 3rd Judicial District Court March 16, 2015 in Park City, Utah. Hirsch is facing charges of aggravated assault and intoxication after he allegedly choked Paramount Pictures executive Daniele Bernfeld at a nightclub January 25 during the Sundance Film Festival. (Photo by Rick Bowmen-Pool/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Emile Hirsch is seen during a court appearance at 3rd Judicial District Court March 16, 2015 in Park City, Utah. Hirsch is facing charges of aggravated assault and intoxication after he allegedly choked Paramount Pictures executive Daniele Bernfeld at a nightclub January 25 during the Sundance Film Festival. (Photo by Rick Bowmen-Pool/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor John Leguizamo and Actor Emile Hirsch attend Sabra Hummus House Hosts A Dinner To Celebrate Ten Thousand Saints - 2015 Park City on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Sabra Dipping Co.)
PARK CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Emile Hirsch (R) is seen during a court appearance at 3rd Judicial District Court March 16, 2015 in Park City, Utah. Hirsch is facing charges of aggravated assault and intoxication after he allegedly choked Paramount Pictures executive Daniele Bernfeld at a nightclub January 25 during the Sundance Film Festival. (Photo by Rick Bowmen-Pool/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Actor Emile Hirsch wears a pin to support #TackleEbola in a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Actor Emile Hirsch from 'Ten Thousand Saints' poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Actor Emile Hirsch attends McDonald's McCafe Presents The Village at The Lift 2015 on January 23, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for McDonald's McCafe)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Hailee Steinfeld and Emile Hirsch are seen on January 23, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Emile Hirsch attends The Art of Elysium's 6th Annual GENESIS at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA on September 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for The Art of Elysium)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: (L-R) Actors Emile Hirsch, Hailee Steinfeld, Ethan Hawke and Avan Jogia from 'Ten Thousand Saints' pose for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 14: Actor Emile Hirsch arrives at Children Mending Hearts' 6th Annual Fundraiser 'Empathy Rocks: A Spring Into Summer Bash' on June 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 19: Actor Emile Hirsch arrives at the 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Actor Emile Hirsch attends the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Emile Hirsch Samsung Galaxy Owners Lounge at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 on April 11, 2014 in Indio, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Samsung)
LITTLETON, CO. - DECEMBER 12: Actor Emile Hirsch, left, got a kiss on the cheek from Cindy Dietz-Marsh, right, at a movie screening Thursday night, December 12, 2013. Hirsch portrays her late son Danny in the film Lone Survivor. The action film is based on Marcus Luthell's account of a Navy SEAL squad's 2005 counter-terrorism mission in Afghanistan. Operation Red Wings ultimately left 19 American soldiers dead including Littleton's Danny Dietz Jr. who was shot 19 times by Taliban fighters. Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images
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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - Actor Emile Hirsch made his first court appearance Monday on allegations that he put a studio executive in a chokehold and dragged her across a nightclub table while in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival.

The "Into the Wild" star declined to comment Monday outside court in Park City.

His attorney Neil Kaplan said Hirsch is receiving counseling after going to rehab.

The actor from Encino, California, is charged with felony assault, which is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He also faces a misdemeanor count of intoxication.

Hirsch, who turned 30 on Friday, was clean-shaven and wore a tight-fitting black suit with a white shirt and black tie. He stared straight ahead as he walked through a small gaggle of reporters, photographers and onlookers at the courthouse. He was flanked by two attorneys and a friend.

After his brief appearance before state Judge Kara Petitt, Hirsch was instructed to walk next door to the sheriff's office to get his mug shot taken. He isn't required to be at the next hearing, set for April 13.

Hirsch may also be excused from other upcoming hearings, a concession often granted to out-of-state defendants who are cooperating, said Summit County prosecutor Ryan Stack. Stack said he had no comment on a possible plea deal.

The woman Hirsch is accused of assaulting on Jan. 25 is Daniele Bernfeld, an executive for the Paramount Pictures subsidiary Insurge Pictures.

Efforts to reach Bernfeld and her employer were unsuccessful. Insurge Pictures distributed the Ben Stiller-produced Web comedy "Burning Love," which also was on E! cable network.

Hirsch lawyer Robert Offer has said the actor was drinking alcohol and does not remember what happened that night. Offer also said last month that Hirsch checked into rehab within days of the incident.

Offer was not immediately available for comment Monday.

Hirsch is best known for his "Into the Wild" role. He also appeared in Universal's Navy SEAL drama "Lone Survivor," Peter Berg's account of a disastrous 2005 military operation in Afghanistan.

Hirsch was at Sundance for the premiere of the drama "Ten Thousand Saints," in which he appears alongside Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield.

Court documents say the altercation at Tao Nightclub in Park City occurred when Hirsch, looking drunk, approached Bernfeld and asked why she looked "so tough."

He also told Bernfeld she was a "rich kid who should not be at Sundance," the documents say.

Investigators say Hirsch grabbed Bernfeld, and she pushed him away. He left and sat with friends before returning and grabbing the woman from behind, the documents say.

Authorities say Hirsch put the woman in a chokehold and pulled her across a table before landing on top of her on the floor.

Bernfeld told authorities she saw things going dark and might have blacked out momentarily.

Hirsch told police at the time that he didn't know Bernfeld but was having an argument with her.

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