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2005 Oscar-winning film director Paul Haggis arrested for sexual assault

Canadian director and screenwriter Paul Haggis, Oscar winner for “Crash” (2005), was arrested today on charges of sexually abusing a woman for two days in the Italian city of Ostuni (south), according to Italian media.

According to RAI public television, citing a statement from the Brindisi prosecutor’s office, Haggis, accused of crimes of sexual violence and serious personal injury, is in that town in the Apulia region to attend the “Ellora festival” festival.

Investigators say the director allegedly forced a foreign woman to have sex for two days and then dropped her off at Papola Casale airport near Brindisi, despite her “poor” physical and psychological conditions.

The woman was assisted by airport and customs police personnel, who accompanied her to file a complaint, and later took her to Brindisi Hospital where a protocol dedicated to victims of sexual violence was activated.

The Oscar-winner “Crash” and author of scripts such as “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) or “Casino Royale” (2006), 69-year-old Haggis, is being held as a precaution, according to a prosecutor’s order. Antonio Negro and his deputy Livia Orlando.

Prosecutors say, “According to the elements gathered, the woman investigated may have been forced to have sex with a young woman who had known her for a long time.”

In January 2018, four women in the United States accused the director of episodes ranging from sexual assault to harassment or rape, following a complaint filed in New York by campaigner Haley Brest.

With information from EFE

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