The Prison System, Not Fame, Can Help Celebs In Court
Emile Hirsch is the latest celebrity to avoid a long prison sentence, but a bigger problem in California could be why celebs serve less time.By Lexie Hammesfahr | August 18, 2015
In January, actor Emile Hirsch assaulted a female Paramount executive at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Outside Tao Nightclub, the "Into the Wild" star allegedly put the woman in a chokehold, dragged her across a table and then onto the floor.
At the time, both Hirsch and his lawyers said the star was too intoxicated to recall what actually happened. He checked into rehab shortly after.
Hirsch was charged with third-degree felony — a charge that carries a max five-year prison sentence. The intoxication misdemeanor could have landed him a 90-day sentence.