YOU MIGHT KNOW Jameela Jamil from her role as Tahani in The Good Place. Or maybe you just know her as the woman who can pull off any suit.
Regardless of which talent you appreciate her for most, she’s pretty sound and she seems like someone we all want to be friends with. Two days ago, she spoke out on behalf of one of her friends who was assaulted by actor Emile Hirsch on Twitter and Instagram.
The 32-year-old actress was shocked that Emile Hirsch had been cast in a new Tarantino film, despite the fact that he was convicted and spent time in prison for strangling a female movie executive at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015.
She shared a photograph of a tweet she wrote about it, and added:
Just got cast alongside Brad Pitt and Dakota Fanning. My friend had three years of PTSD which he never paid for and never apologised to her directly for. Not today Satan, not today.
Then, Jameela received a reply from the last person you’d expect.
Yes, it was Bono’s 26-year-old daughter Eve Hewson. Eve wrote:
He apologised. People make mistakes and if they own up to them, we should always choose forgiveness. Shaming someone for their past, gender or race aside, doesn’t help anyone. You should apologise for this post.
Eve apparently didn’t catch the part of Jameela’s original post where she explained that Emile had never personally apologised to the woman he assaulted.
Never mind the fact that a mistake is absentmindedly pouring your orange juice into your cereal, instead of the glass, or deciding to take a chance and leave the house without an umbrella on an overcast day. A mistake is certainly not strangling a grown woman at a film festival until she blacks out.
Jameela responded by asking “Why is abusing women always classed as a “mistake”?”
If people hadn’t pulled him off her, he could have killed her.
May someone never make the same “mistake” around your windpipe, or that of your loved ones. And if they do, may they be punished appropriately and may they help you in any way they can to heal and recover. Not be celebrated and treated like a king in a Hollywood film.
That about sums it up.
Emile was initially facing five years in prison, but because he pleaded guilty, his sentence was reduced to 15 days in prison, as well as a fine of $4,750 and 50 hours of community service.
Daniele Bernfeld, the executive who was attacked by Hirsch, read a statement before the sentencing:
I was subject to a violent and unprovoked attack by a complete stranger. The defendant, Emile Hirsch, put me in a chokehold, pulled me off my feet and threw me to the floor. With the full force of his weight, he choked me until I blacked out.
Hirsh admitted doing so, and said there was “no excuse” and that it was “wrong.”
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