Paul Haggis Arrested in Italy on Sexual Assault Charges

Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis (Crash) was detained on Sunday in the southern Italian city of Ostuni on prices of sexual assault and aggravated private harm, based on a number of studies in the Italian media and an announcement by the general public prosecutors of the close by metropolis of Brindisi.

A younger girl, recognized solely as being “international,” that isn’t Italian, has pressed prices in opposition to Haggis, accusing the two-time Oscar winner of forcing her to interact in sexual activity over the course of two days in Ostuni, the place Haggis was scheduled to carry a collection of grasp courses on the Allora Fest, a brand new movie competition launched by L.A.-based Italian journalist Silvia Bizio and Spanish artwork critic Sol Costales Doulton that’s set to run from June 21-26.

The girl was taken to the Papola Casale airport in Brindisi on Sunday morning and left there regardless of her “precarious bodily and psychological situations,” based on an Italian police report. She was then aided by airport employees and law enforcement officials and brought to the hospital. She subsequently filed formal prices.

Prosecutors additionally have been quoted as saying that the girl “formalized her grievance and cited circumstances which have been subsequently seemed into for affirmation by investigators.” They didn’t cite her nationality or age.

Haggis’ legal professional Priya Chaudhry famous that she will be able to’t focus on the proof, beneath Italian legislation.

“That stated, I’m assured that every one allegations can be dismissed in opposition to Mr. Haggis. He is completely harmless and keen to completely cooperate with the authorities so the reality comes out shortly,” she added in an announcement.

In 2018, the publicist Haleigh Breest sued Haggis, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay to Million Dollar Baby and wrote and directed Oscar finest image winner Crash, alleging he had violently raped her in her New York condominium after a premiere in 2013. In the wake of her allegations, three extra ladies got here ahead with separate sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to Haggis. Haggis has denied all of the claims.

2:32 p.m. This story has been up to date with an announcement from Haggis’ legal professional.

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