Jameela Jamil: Don’t ever forget that Emile Hirsch violently assaulted a woman

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Quentin Tarantino’s Charles Manson/Sharon Tate movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is in preproduction and will film this summer in LA. Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are the two leads, apparently, but actors have been signing on to smaller roles over the past few weeks. Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden, Luke Perry, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant and more have all signed on. A few days ago, QT added another name to the cast: Emile Hirsch, who we haven’t discussed since he jumped on a woman, strangled her and had to be pulled off her unconscious body while he was promoting a film at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. I don’t even remember thinking about him since then, that’s how thoroughly he was canceled. Emile ended up spending a paltry 15 days in jail for felony assault (per a plea deal).

So I guess Emile has “done his time” and no one ever needs to remember that he was a violent psycho and he brutalized a woman in front of witnesses? Not so fast, says Jameela Jamil. Jameela is an actress – she’s on The Good Place – and her best friend was/is Dani Bernfeld, Emile’s victim. Jameela tweeted this out:

Word. There’s really nothing else to add. I will say this: it absolutely does not surprise me that Quentin Tarantino is the director who is like “eh, let’s give him a chance!” A chance to work on a movie about how the Manson family brutally murdered a bunch of people, including a heavily pregnant Sharon Tate. My gut says that Emile was probably cast as Charles Manson himself, something like that.

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  1. Eleonor says:

    No comment.
    Apparently there will always be a pass for someone like him.

    • Llamas in pajamas says:

      One would think Tarantino would never employ a dude who strangles women since that is a treat Tarantino reserves for himself. But maybe he finally can bond over a shared preference with another arsehole? Don’t know, some men are garbage.

    • ELX says:

      From Jameela’s posts it sounds like there’s an outstanding civil judgment—I would run, not walk, to my attorney to garnish as much of Emile’s paycheck as the courts will allow.

      • Clare says:

        Not surprised by Tarantino but a little shocked that some like Brad ‘accused of drunken violence against his son/wife’ Pitt has allowed himself to be a part of this shitshow.

        I mean basic humanity and morales aside, this is a fing PR nightmare.

        CB – please keep following this up, I’ve not seen it covered anywhere else.

      • Carrie1 says:

        Surprised Timothy Olyphant is attached too.

        Actually I’m unnerved they’re even making this movie. It feels wrong, which seems ridiculous but legit, it feels creepy. Seems too soon which is again weird but I can’t explain it. The crime was so heinous… not movie fodder.

        This Hirsch Guy should be blackballed. No interest since reading what he did at Sundance. This woman Jameela is a great friend!

    • j says:

      Everyone knows you have to assault at least one woman to get an audition with Tarantino.

  2. David says:

    Jameela Jamil is on point!

    • Llamas in pajamas says:

      Yes, love her! Let them never forget!

    • Parigo says:

      Absolutely love her. So glad she is speaking out.

      If anyone hasn’t started watching “The Good Place” I highly recommend it. The cast (including her) are all so perfect in their roles and it’s such a smart comedy. Season 2 is even better than season one which I feel is rare for sophomore seasons.

      As for the Tarantino flick. Hard pass. The movie has sounded gross from the beginning and isn’t getting any better. NOPE! 👎🏽

      • Lucy2 says:

        Fully agree on your whole post.

      • Parigo says:

        Jameela is so great as Tahini. Plus Chidi (my favorite), Jason Mendoza! Janet!!!!!! Danson and Kristen Bell are great too. Amazing cast and writing. It’s a super smart existential sitcom.

      • KBB says:

        Lol I laughed so hard when Eleanor said Tahani told her she was Taylor Swift’s best friend, but Taylor Swift wasn’t her best friend. Tahani is the worst in the best way.

      • Parigo says:

        She’s so unself-aware which makes her the opposite of Eleanor who knows she doesn’t belong there.

  3. Kitty says:

    I have been wondering about this lately, I figured his name would come up sooner or later with the current climate in Hollywood.

    • Apalapa says:

      I saw Hirsch posted on someone’s Insta and shuddered.

      I feel so much for the person he attacked. I think Hirsch should be ostracized or had to pay for her counseling and also work with victims of assault.

      F him.

  4. Valois says:

    Tarantino doesn’t get it and he never will.

    • Lala says:

      I think he gets it…I KNOW he gets it…he’s not unaware and he’s not ignorant…he doesn’t care….his entitlement has ALWAYS allowed him to get away with appropriation, blatant sexism AND racism…all under the guise of being a cinema “auteur”…it’s disgusting and soul numbing and I wouldn’t support him with somebody ELSE’S money!

      • Malachite says:

        Lala,
        Thank you for this comment, I completely agree. In this culture, white men are so often excused for “not getting it.” Like it is merely an ignorance thing as opposed to a willful f-u to women, PoC, and other oppressed populations. QT knows what he is doing and either doesn’t care, as you said, or is consciously sending a message that rich white men get to keep doing whatever they want with impunity.

      • Valois says:

        Malachite, I am really sorry for coming across like this, I didn’t mean it that way. What I meant was that he’ll never change and stop being problematic with bright spots at best and an oppressor at worst, not that he just doesn’t know any better.

      • DragonWise says:

        What Lala said. He knows better, but loves getting away with being a trashmonster. No white man who loves the n-word so much can be trusted in any capacity.

    • INeedANap says:

      Look at that cast. A wide range of men of various ages and looks, two young, conventionally attractive blonde women, most of them white.

      He never got it and I doubt he ever will.

      • Lala says:

        Just because he cast that particular film to reflect the subject matter doesn’t mean he doesn’t “get it”….You can look at the casting of his other films to see that he’s “gets it”…. You can look at the fact that he made a film where a Black woman was the lead (where they do THAT at?) and she was intelligent and vibrant and NONE of that was based on her overt sexuality to see that he “gets it” …people who don’t “get it” don’t do the things he has done…the problem with QT is that he’s inconsistent…and he doesn’t seem to care enough about “it” to make THAT a part of his constant output…Saying that QT doesn’t “get it”…to me is like like stating Woody Allen doesn’t get that he comes off like a perv who likes under-aged girls…people like them GET IT…they just don’t CARE…they don’t have to care…because they are rich White men…and in the world we have always lived in…Rich White men can do whatever they want…without repercussions….

      • SM says:

        I know, looking at casting, I am starting to think where are all the people who are supposed to care for the safety (physical and mental) of females on set. It looks like an unsafe work enviroment for Dakota to say the least.
        And I find it sickening those two bros- Tarantino and Hirsch will probably share they strangilation stories, given Tarantino like to pull a stunt like that as a performative act….and they both have jobs….unbelievable

      • Snowflake says:

        Yes, La la Yes! Here’s another example of white privilege imo. I was pulled over for speeding. He clocked me at 94. In a 70 mph area. I tried to slow real casually, lol. He pulled out behind me and shortly after, put his lights on. I pulled over and started looked for my registration insurance and concealed weapons permit. He comes to my window, I rolled it down and he asked if I had my concealed weapon. I said yes. He said where is it? I said in my glove box. He said ok. I kept looking around for my insurance, couldn’t find it. I said, maybe it’s in my glove box. He said that’s where your weapon is? I said yes. He said ok, open it up but don’t put your hand near the weapon. I said ok. So I open it, no insurance card. I place my hand on the shelf in the glove box. Mentally, I’m tripping, I thinking he’s so casual about my hand being near my gun. So then I say, well, I guess I don’t have it. He goes back to his car and I’m thinking I’m getting a speeding ticket at least and maybe a no proof of insurance ticket. I’ve heard that’s a 500 dollar fine in FL? He comes back, says you have a good driving record, have a good day, be careful getting back on the highway. Keep in mind I was also going 24 mph over the speed limit. They can throw you in jail for that. I just keep thinking how if I was a POC, that wouldn’t have happened. And he wouldnt have been so casual about me being near my gun. I think that was white privilege. Do you agree?

      • Valois says:

        Lala, what I meant by he doesn’t “get it” is that he doesn’t get it enough to care about it (it being among other things that he’s part of the problem, not the solution). He might understand the conversation and issue to a certain degree but he clearly doesn’t think of it as anything that affects him or that would warrant change. You’re right, he clearly doesn’t care which, to me, means that he doesn’t get why he should care. He’s a narcissist who doesn’t give a a shit about anyone besides himself and people that remind him of himself (aka rich, white dudes).

        Then again, I’m not a native speaker so I might be missing subtleties here (if I do, I apologize) because I surely don’t disagree with you.

      • Jesma says:

        Snowflake that is hard to say. I really do think it depends on the cop. I’m Latina, and it is obvious if you look at me. I have been pulled over 5 times. I have only gotten a ticket once. Last month I got a warning for running a red light, no insurance card, no registration, and an expired tag. It was a new car and I looked at the main light instead of the turning signal. The cop was all like honey you can’t do that. I have a gorgeous Jamaican friend that is a speed demon, she always just gets verbal warnings. My black and Latino guys friends never just get warnings, they always get tickets.

    • tracking says:

      Yes, all who called bullshit on his #metoo apology were absolutely correct.

  5. Noddles says:

    So glad to see that she is bringing this up. It will also be interesting to see how many oter people have the guts to say something. Also I can’t believe Jameela is an actress now. She totally deserves it.

  6. Kata says:

    I love her. And I love that she added RICH white man. The class/money aspect often gets overlooked in these discussions.

    • Gigi LaMoore says:

      Eh….Poor white men have plenty of WP too so adding Rich adds nothing to the conversation surrounding WP.

      • Kata says:

        They do. But in terms of not being punished/getting a million chances wealth plays a huge part.

  7. Cdoggy says:

    The gif of the man falling into the trash can has me laughing so hard I’m in tears!

    Oh and Emile is just gross.

  8. Mia4s says:

    Thank you Jameela! He violently attacked a RANDOM women. I don’t care how drunk he was. He’s garbage. The end. I won’t see anything he’s in.

  9. Ninks says:

    Reportedly he’s been tapped to play Jay Sebring who was a victim of violence himself and died trying to defend Tate. This whole movie sounds so gross and is a major sausage fest.

    • Mom2two says:

      It’s gross that Emile even gets this role. Even more gross that he might be playing Jay Sebring who was shot, killed and beaten because he was telling them to leave Sharon Tate alone.
      This movie is a hard pass for me.

  10. RBC says:

    How can that be considered felony assault? Why is that not considered attempted murder?
    He gets 15 days in jail and yet Alice Johnson gets a life sentence for a first time drug conviction?
    That is messed up

    • stinky says:

      AGREE…
      Ive never forgotten that Sundance story.
      I don’t care how blind-stinking-drunk he may have been at the time either.
      If that wasn’t attempted murder, I don’t know what is.
      He scares me! … cuz he’s a really good actor -and- a psycho, apparently.

  11. OriginalLala says:

    ugh, This happened to me once at a bar. An acquaintance of mine was flirting with me and then out of nowhere he started yelling, screaming at me and trying to punch me in the face and grabbing at my neck. It was awful. Thank god he never landed a punch. totally un-provoked. all of his friends made excuses for him saying he was doing drugs, drinking etc.

    • Llamas in pajamas says:

      What? That is horrible! I am sorry you had to go through this.

    • Apalapa says:

      Me too. In college. I am so sorry it happened to you too. None of the guy’s friends got how rageful he had to have been for this to have happened, and of course, over the years the guy revealed himself to have simmering anger and rage ALL THE TIME.

    • Juls says:

      Me too. At a new year’s eve party in the early aughts. Crazy guy, high on coke, threw my bf down and put a boot on his throat. I was trying, calmly, to talk him down. He punched me in the face, 3 times. I called the cops. Everybody there told the cops that I attacked the guy for no reason and he was just defending himself when he hit me, which was totally a lie, because they didn’t want him to go to jail. WTF is wrong with people?!

  12. Esmom says:

    On one hand it’s hard to believe he hasn’t been blackballed but considering who we have in the White House it’s clear that some people will always get a pass. What a vile scumbag.

  13. Fed Up says:

    I had bad feelings about this movie from the first time I read about it. I’m surprised so many talented actors are interested in being a part of it. This just makes matters worse.

  14. Brittany says:

    Didn’t realize he was still acting. I don’t watch Tarantino films anyway.. but I wonder if there will be a Nate Parker effect when this comes out during the press tour???

  15. Doodle says:

    I hope interviewers ask him about it when the movie gets released. I’m a big true crime fan and if he does end up playing Jay Sebring I’m going to barf.

  16. Slowsnow says:

    It’s unsettling how Tarantino is fascinated by violence. Unlike film-makers like Gus Van Sant or Wim Wenders, you can see he is drawn to it in a nasty way.

    • courtney says:

      exactly. which is why i shade every actor involved. they are actively signing up to portray the graphic murder of a woman and her unborn child. you know it will be graphic. tarantino just loves watching/portraying extreme violence, especially against women. he froths at the mouth for it and these actors cant control their thirst either. pathetic.

  17. NoShame says:

    I hope this film bombs. It was the most inappropriate time to even make a film like this in the wake of #metoo. I hope everyone involved gets punished for being this tone deaf.

  18. Lucy says:

    Get your sh*t together, QT.

  19. Jess says:

    Good for Jameela. This is disgusting. Just reinforces why Quentin is canceled.

  20. HeyThere! says:

    Her poor best friend!!! That sounds like it is/was a nightmare to live through. PTSD is no joke and I wish her all the best. She gets all the hugs today.

  21. Tw says:

    I hate everything about this project. We can only hope that it fails miserably.

  22. Snowflake says:

    To think, Winona Ryder was pretty much blackballed in HW for a little shoplifting. Smh

    • stinky says:

      Ay caramba!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I think about that OFTEN.
      That was s-u-c-h a big deal at the time… . .. ..
      and so, so very long ago.

    • Molly says:

      I remember reading that Winona was on drugs at that time and when she was caught she was exposed as a serial shoplifter. But of course it was still less than what Emile did.

  23. Naddie says:

    This is something I will never forget, every time I see his face or read his name. I remmember her description of his assault, it was gruesome. She could’ve been dead or with a permanent damage. Asshole.

  24. Spike says:

    I cancelled Tarantino decades ago. He is an overrated hack. His fascination with extreme violence is evident in his films, especially towards women. He strangled Uma Thurman with a chain in Kill Bill. He did the same to Diane Kruger in Inglorious Basterds.
    https://www.dailywire.com/news/26880/big-names-hollywood-turn-quentin-tarantino-james-barrett

    Except for Jessica Chastain no one responded to the violence allegations. By ignoring this Hollywood is giving its tacit approval.

  25. courtney says:

    shame on all involved in this project. tarantino himself is a sick pig. same guy who said “she was there to party, she’s not a victim” about the CHILD roman polanski drugged and repeatedly raped. he is scum. emile is scum. he got off with a slap on the wrist. shame on dicaprio, shame on margot shame on all who participate in this film. working for a scumbag like tarantino in this climate, and still trying to appear “woke” no way. conflicting totally. oh and no doubt this film will be monstrously vulgar, and graphic. sharons family is not on board. they have endured enough. no doubt this will hurt them.

    • Sophie says:

      @courtney Tarantino himself is an abuser. He won’t care one bit about this. Watch out for Margot robbie’s foot close up to satisfy his fetish. Or have her being strangled.

  26. tealily says:

    I’m not sure there’s ever been a movie I want to see less than this one.

    I like some of his other stuff, but this whole thing is an ill-conceived trainwreck from start to finish.

  27. Mina says:

    Why are we surprised? Hirsch has kept steady work since his horrendous crime (should we think she’s the only woman he’s assaulted? I’d say no). He’s worked with Jay-Z, Guillermo del Toro, and a bunch of lesser known directors. I suppose this is his first “high profile” project since then so the outrage is timely. He’s also playing Jay Sebring, which I assume is a pretty minor role since he’s one of the Manson Family victims. Meaning, he could be easily replaced if Tarantino wanted, but why not make a violent movie with actual violent people in it?

  28. Margo S. says:

    Well he is white, and has a d!ck, so obviously he gets a pass. Hollywood is so dumb sometimes. This movie will tank and Emile isn’t getting a pass from us.

  29. B626 says:

    Aside from the casting choices, do we really need to torture the Tate and La Bianca family members over again and again and again?
    Gawd Quinton Find something else to rehash!

  30. ellie says:

    I remember when the assault was in the news and it always stuck with me. I though it was horrifying and insane even for Hollywood standards

  31. vesper says:

    TARANTINO LISTEN UP: Remove that awful little runt from your film or we will boycott you until kingdom come!

  32. Ally says:

    I’m fine with cancelling everyone involved in this movie. It’s like someone put a callout for still-unrepentant a—holes. Sorry to hear Damian Lewis is in there. Pitt is clearly embracing his garbage side.

  33. Kim says:

    Tarantino is going to have to address this issue if he wants to keep Hirsch in the movie. It really is a PR nightmare. #MeToo isn’t going anywhere, the questions are going to come up at premieres, press junkets, etc. He can’t sweep this under the rug – so, he either has to withdraw the offer to Hirsch or resign himself to going through the hellstorm that’s waiting for his movie at its reception, not to mention the possibility that, in light of this, other big name actors are going to withdraw/pass on it. Not that I’d expect brotastic Leo to give a shit, but Brad Pitt might actually be a halfway decent human being who cares about his image, especially at this point in time.

  34. Flaming Oh says:

    Not that surprising that the participants in this gross movie are so removed from contemporary thinking about violence against women so here’s hoping it bombs as badly as it deserves and they get crucified on the press junkets.