‘Crash’ director Paul Haggis was arrested on sexual assault costs in Italy : NPR

‘Crash’ director Paul Haggis was arrested on sexual assault costs in Italy : NPR

Screenwriter, producer and director of movie and tv Paul Haggis, pictured in 2017, has been arrested in Italy on sexual assault costs.

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Screenwriter, producer and director of movie and tv Paul Haggis, pictured in 2017, has been arrested in Italy on sexual assault costs.

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Oscar-winning movie director and screenwriter Paul Haggis is being detained in Italy on sexual assault and aggravated private harm costs.

Italian police arrested Haggis on Sunday for allegedly raping a lady in Ostuni, in southern Italy, over a interval of two days.

The lady was present in a neighborhood airport, allegedly left by Haggis within the morning regardless of her “precarious bodily and psychological circumstances,” in line with prosecutors Antonio Negro and Livia Orlando. Airport employees alerted the police and took her to a hospital, La Presse and different Italian media retailers reported.

Prosecutors haven’t but disclosed her nationality or age.

Haggis’ legal professional denied the accusations. “Below Italian Legislation, I can’t talk about the proof. That mentioned, I’m assured that every one allegations might be dismissed in opposition to Mr. Haggis. He’s completely harmless, and prepared to completely cooperate with the authorities so the reality comes out rapidly,” lawyer Priya Chaudhry advised NPR in an e-mail.

Haggis has been in Italy to show grasp lessons at an upcoming movie competition that commences on Tuesday. In a press release, the administrators of the Allora Fest mentioned the information was surprising and expressed solidarity with the girl concerned. Additionally they mentioned they instantly eliminated Haggis from taking part within the occasion.

The 69-year-old Canadian director received Oscar awards for writing the 2005 Finest Image winner Million Greenback Child and directing the next yr’s finest image winner Crash.

This is not the primary time Haggis has been implicated in a sexual assault case. In 2018, Haggis was sued by a publicist who accused him of assaulting her after a movie premiere. Throughout the civil trial, which has been delayed due to COVID, three different ladies got here ahead accusing Haggis of sexual misconduct. Haggis has denied the claims.