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Oscar-Winning Director Paul Haggis Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges In Italy

Oscar-Winning Director Paul Haggis Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges In Italy

Oscar-Winning Director Paul Haggis Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges In Italy

Paul Haggis, a two-time Oscar winner best known for his roles in films such as Casino Royale and Million Dollar Baby, has been arrested in Italy on claims that he engaged in “non-consensual sex” with a lady over the course of two days.

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A young woman, identified only as “foreign” (meaning not Italian), pressed charges against Haggis on Sunday, accusing the director of forcing her to engage in sexual intercourse for two days in the city of Ostuni, where he was scheduled to participate in a film festival, according to AP and several other Italian news media.

Haggis then accompanied the young woman to Papola Casale Airport in Brindisi and left her there despite “precarious physical and psychological conditions,” per Italian news agency ANSA. Airport staff and police assisted the woman and accompanied her to a local hospital, where she sought medical care.

Oscar-Winning Director Paul Haggis Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges In Italy

The woman filed formal charges soon after. “Under Italian Law, I cannot discuss the evidence,”

Haggis’ lawyer Priya Chaudhry said in a statement,

“That said, I am confident that all allegations will be dismissed against Mr. Haggis.He is totally innocent, and willing to fully cooperate with the authorities so the truth comes out quickly.”

This isn’t the first time Haggis, best known for his work on Oscar-winning titles Million Dollar Baby and Crash, has been accused of assault.

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In 2017, publicist Haleigh Breest sued Haggis. Haleigh Breest alleged that he violently raped her in New York following a film premiere in 2013. The lawsuit prompted three more women to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and assault the following year. Haggis has denied all the claims made against him.


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