Director Paul Haggis denies guilt in Italy for rape


Canadian-American screenwriter, producer and director Paul Haggis , who was detained in Italy for rape, has pleaded not guilty. The Oscar winner for Crash (2004) expressed hope through his lawyer that the situation would be cleared up as soon as possible. ANSA writes about it .

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Haggis was detained in the Italian city of Ostuni in the Puglia region on charges of sexual violence. The winner of several Oscars in 2006 for the film “Crash” was in southern Italy, where the local festival was held. According to the charge, the filmmaker forced a foreigner to have sex, which he then left at the Brindisi airport in poor physical and psychological condition.

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Airport staff and border guards helped the woman. She then filed a complaint with the police. On its basis, Haggis was detained. The accusations were made by a 30-year-old English woman who spent three days with the filmmaker, during which she was allegedly repeatedly sexually abused by him. Haggis is under house arrest in a hotel. Similar accusations against Haggis have been made before. Haggis wrote screenplays for the films Million Dollar Baby, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Canadian-American director and screenwriter Paul Haggis was detained in the Italian city of Ostuni in the Puglia region, he is accused of sexual violence. The writes about this , referring to the statement of the prosecutor’s office of Brindisi. The winner of several Oscars in 2006 for the film “Crash” was in southern Italy, where the local festival was held. According to the charge, the filmmaker forced a foreigner to have sex, which he then left at the Brindisi airport in poor physical and psychological condition. Airport staff and border guards helped the woman. She then filed a complaint with the police. On its basis, Haggis was arrested.