Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis arrested for sexual assault

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In Italy, an Oscar-winning director has been arrested on Sunday in reference to allegations that he sexually assaulted a lady within the south of the nation, Italian information media stated, quoting native prosecutors.

He’s additionally accused of aggravated private harm inflicted on an unidentified lady who has filed the fees. Paul Haggis, 69, the Oscar-winning Canadian screenwriter and director, is now in custody pending investigation, the Guardian reported.

Based on a number of Italian press stories and a letter from the general public prosecutor, Haggis is accused of forcing a younger, non-Italian – lady to interact in sexual activity over the course of two days in Ostuni.

He was scheduled to carry a number of grasp courses on the Allora Fest, a brand new movie occasion based by Los Angeles-based Italian journalist Silvia Bizio and Spanish artwork critic Sol Costales Doulton from June 21 to June 26.

The fest’s administrators “instantly proceeded to take away any participation of the director from the occasion” and “On the similar time, they specific full solidarity with the girl concerned,” they added.

Not the primary time

Paul Haggis was beforehand accused of sexual misconduct by 4 girls in the USA in 2018, together with two rape allegations.

In that case, which has but to be heard in court docket, the director was initially sued by a publicist who claimed he raped her. Three different girls have made comparable allegations.

Haleigh Breest, a publicist, accused Haggis of “a stunning and egregious case of rape and sexual assault” in 2013, reported Deadline.

Haggis filed a countersuit, claiming that the lawsuit was an “extortion” try to extort $9 million from him. The identities of the three subsequent accusers haven’t been revealed.

Haggis’ authorized group denied all allegations, claiming that “he didn’t rape anybody.”

Pressured to have oral intercourse

In 1996, Haggis requested a 28-year-old publicist engaged on a tv present he was producing to evaluation photographs from the present in her workplace that night time. “I believed it was unusual at first, however I agreed.” “He was the last word boss,” the girl instructed the Related Press.

Everybody else had left the workplace for the night time when Haggis arrived for the assembly. He insisted on talking in a again workplace, then started kissing her as they entered. “I used to be actually combating. “He requested me, ‘Do you actually need to hold working?’” the girl instructed the Related Press. “After which he pushed himself on me.”

The girl claimed Haggis pressured her to have oral intercourse, then pushed her to the bottom and raped her. After the encounter, the girl was so traumatised and terrified that she requested a buddy to accompany her to work the following day. A buddy confirmed the story.

In Italy

Haggis’s longtime private legal professional Priya Chaudhry stated in an announcement,“Beneath Italian Regulation, I can not focus on the proof.”

“That stated, I’m assured that each one allegations might be dismissed in opposition to Mr Haggis. He’s completely harmless and keen to totally cooperate with the authorities so the reality comes out shortly.”

In an announcement, The Allora Fest stated they’ve “realized with dismay and shock the information that Paul Haggis is in custody for alleged violence.”

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