Jameela Jamil blasts Emile Hirsch being cast in Quentin Tarantino film: 'Intense case of rich white male privilege'
In 2015, Hirsch had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault after Paramount Digital VP, Daniele Bernfold, accused him of violently attacking her at a nightclub earlier that year.
Jameela Jamil is all about making Hollywood the ‘good place’ it should be in terms of harassment and abuse, and in latest updates, the actress is speaking out about Emile Hirsch’s return to being cast in movies, just two years after he pleaded guilty to attacking a female studio executive.
“Cool. Emile Hirsch strangled my tiny female best friend until she blacked out at a party in front of dozens of witnesses at Sundance Film Festival (and was convicted) but Tarantino just cast him in a movie,” Jamil wrote on Twitter, in response to the news the Pulp Fiction director has cast the 33-year-old actor in his upcoming movie on the Manson family murders, titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
“INTENSE case of rich white male privelege [sic] eh?” she added. “Cool. Cool. Cool.”
Cool. Emile Hirsch strangled my tiny female best friend until she blacked out at a party in front of dozens of witnesses at Sundance Film Festival (and was convicted) but Tarantino just cast him in a movie. INTENSE case of rich white male privelege eh? Cool. Cool. Cool. 🖕🏽 pic.twitter.com/FkZNmK5fda— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) June 8, 2018
The history behind her blatant calling out of the said ‘rich white male privilege’ dates back to 2015, when multiple reports stated that the 'Into the Wild' star pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in a Park City, Utah, court in August that year, after Paramount Digital VP, Daniele Bernfold, accused him of violently attacking her at the TAO Nightclub that January.
As per police reports, in Bernfeld’s recount of the incident, a rather intoxicated looking Hirsch had approached her at the bar and asked why she looked “so tough”, and also said that she was a “rich kid” who shouldn’t be at Sundance.
Bernfeld said that she had walked away from Hirsch and sat down with her friends at a table, but he followed her and “put her in a chokehold” from behind. What followed next was violent. He allegedly “pulled her across the table and onto the floor,” and that’s where he began strangling her.
Jamil also followed up her rant stating how Hirsch had “left [Bernfeld] with three years of PTSD and never paid for her treatment, and still hasn’t apologized to her. Not today Satan, not today…”
Left her with three years of PTSD and never paid for her treatment, and still hasn’t apologized to her. Not today Satan, not today... pic.twitter.com/VvO3rwX9L5— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) June 8, 2018
“Emile Hirsch has not apologized for this heinous crime, but is re-joining Hollywood’s elite. Slow clap to everyone involved in this movie. So many other actors who haven’t attacked women to choose from…” she continued.
After he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor assault on Bernfeld, Hirsch was sentenced to serve just 15 days in jail, the Associated Press reported. If not for the plea deal, he could have had to spend up to five years behind bars, with the intoxication misdemeanor also having the possibility to have sent him to jail for 90 days with a minimum of $750 fine.
It is also quite sketchy how Tarantino is the first one to have cast Hirsch in a really long time, as not so long ago, when the MeToo movement was in full swing last year, Uma Thurman had come out in a New York Times interview, with accusations against Tarantino for putting her life at risk on the sets of Kill Bill, with his abusive and negligent behavior.
Quentin Tarantino on Lars von Trier's 'Dogville': "It's maybe one of the greatest scripts ever written for film… I think if he had done it on the stage he would have won a Pulitzer Prize” https://t.co/rAr7YUaX5Y pic.twitter.com/vkL2eF47XC— Nancy Martz 🎥 (@nancymartz4) June 8, 2018
Of course, Tarantino had apologized following that and Uma had forgiven him, but him casting another assaulter in his upcoming movie only proves further that the issue of harassment and assault towards women in Hollywood is still, unfortunately, taken way too lightly.