ROME (AP) — Movie director Paul Haggis was detained on Sunday for investigation of allegations that he sexually assaulted a lady in southern Italy, Italian information media mentioned, quoting native prosecutors.
The Canadian-born, Oscar-winning Haggis, 69, has been in Italy for a movie pageant that begins on Tuesday in Ostuni, a vacationer city in Puglia, the area that types the “heel” of the Italian peninsula.
The information company LaPresse and a number of other different Italian media carried a written assertion from prosecutors within the close by metropolis of Brindisi that they had been investigating allegations a “younger international lady” was compelled to have “non-consensual” sexual relations over two days.
Prosecutors Antonio Negro and Livia Orlando, who’re conducting the investigation, mentioned within the assertion that the girl was “compelled to hunt medical care” following the sexual relations. After a few days “of non-consensual relations, the girl was accompanied by the person” to Brindisi airport on Sunday and “was left there at daybreak regardless of (her) precarious bodily and psychological situations.”
The Brindisi prosecutors’ workplace was closed on Sunday. Haggis’s legal professional didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The prosecutors mentioned airport workers and police observed her “apparent confused state” and ” and after lending preliminary remedy, took her to Brindisi’s police headquarters, the place officers accompanied her to a neighborhood hospital for examination.
Police at headquarters’ operations room mentioned they weren’t licensed to offer out details about the case, together with whether or not Haggis was being held on the police station or at a lodge or different lodging.
Haggis is a director, producer and screenwriter. He gained an Oscar in 2006 for finest unique screenplay for “Crash.”
Prosecutors additionally had been quoted as saying that the girl “formalized her grievance and cited circumstances which had been subsequently appeared into for affirmation by investigators.” They didn’t cite her nationality or age.