Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis arrested in Italy on suspicion of sexual assault


Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis has been under house arrest in southern Italy on suspicion of sexual assault and worsening personal injury, Canadian directors have denied, his lawyer said Monday. ..

“Paul Haggis was detained in an emergency measure issued by Prosecutor Brindisi on Sunday and is currently under house arrest in Ostuni. He must decide whether to confirm the detention by Thursday. Will be asked by, “his Italian lawyer Michele Laforgia told Reuters.

A Brindisi prosecutor said in a statement on Sunday that Haggis had been charged with forcing a woman to have sexual intercourse for two days in Ostuni, Italy.

“Italian law does not allow us to discuss evidence, but we are confident that all allegations against Mr. Haggis will be dismissed,” Haggis’ personal lawyer Priya Chaudhry said in a statement.

Both lawyers said Haggis was innocent and would cooperate with the authorities.

The prosecution said in a statement that following sexual relations, “young foreign women were forced to seek medical care.”

They said on Sunday after the alleged assault, a male suspect took the woman to Brindisi Airport, where she was left behind despite “unstable physical and mental conditions.” The prosecutor did not appoint Haggis and mentioned the suspect in his initials.

Investigators told Reuters that an unidentified woman would be cross-examined in the next 10 days in what is known as a case of evidence in Italy, providing evidence of possible future trials.

Haggis, 69, wrote “Million Dollar Baby” and co-authored and directed the crime drama “Crash”. He won two Oscars for “Crash”. One is the “Best Work Award” and the other is the “Best Screenplay Award”.

In 2018, he denied accusations of sexual misconduct by four women, including two who were accused of rape.

Haggis to Ostuni to hold several classes at Allora Fest, a new film event from June 21st to June 26th by Los Angeles-based Italian journalist Silvia Bizio and Spanish art critic Sol Costares Doulton. I was there.

“I learned by disappointing and shocking the news,” Allora Fest said, adding that the festival director “progressed to immediately remove the director’s participation from the event.”

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