The Crash director was detained in southern Italy after a “younger overseas girl” instructed investigators that she was “pressured to hunt medical care” following “non-consensual sexual relations” with a person Italian authorities recognized as Haggis.
Based on an announcement by prosecutors in Brindisi, Italy (via the Associated Press), the lady — whose identify, age and nationality wasn’t revealed — was dropped off at a close-by airport early Sunday morning following an alleged encounter with Haggis that lasted two days. Airport police and employees discovered the lady in “precarious bodily and psychological situations” and in a “confused state,” prosecutors added.
The lady was taken to a close-by hospital for examination. Following that, she instructed authorities of the alleged sexual assault, “formalized her grievance and cited circumstances which have been subsequently appeared into for affirmation by investigators.” The sufferer then filed formal prices towards Haggis, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and aggravated private damage.
Representatives and legal professionals for Haggis didn’t instantly reply to Rolling Stone‘s request for remark.
Haggis was in southern Italy to participate within the inaugural Allora Fest, the place the filmmaker was booked to carry grasp courses.
In a statement to Variety, Allora Fest organizers stated they “discovered with dismay and shock the information that Paul Haggis is in custody for alleged violence.” The fest additionally “instantly proceeded to take away any participation of [Haggis] from the occasion.
“The themes chosen for the competition are, amongst others, these of equality, gender equality, and solidarity,” organizers continued. “As professionals and girls they’re dismayed and hope that the competition will assist foster extra info and consciousness on such a topical and more and more urgent subject.”
In late 2017 and early 2018, a number of ladies got here ahead with allegations of sexual misconduct against Haggis, together with publicist Haleigh Breest, who filed a civil lawsuit towards the Million Greenback Child screenwriter. Following Breest’s lawsuit, three extra ladies got here shared their accusations towards Haggis.
One of many accusers stated she was 28 when the alleged assault happened in 1996. She claims she was engaged on a tv present that Haggis produced when he requested her to overview some pictures from the present. After they met in a again workplace, she claimed he tried to kiss her. “He stated, ‘Do you actually wish to proceed working?’” she claimed. He then allegedly pressured her to carry out oral intercourse on him and pushed her onto the ground and raped her.
Breest’s lawsuit towards Haggis stays pending, because the Covid pandemic has delayed the trial’s state date.