Oscar-winning Canadian screenwriter and director Paul Haggis has been arrested in Ostuni, Italy, on costs of sexual assault and aggravated private harm reportedly inflicted upon a nonetheless unidentified girl who has pressed costs. In line with a number of Italian press stories and a word from the general public prosecutor of the close by metropolis of Brindisi, Haggis is charged with forcing a younger “international”, which means non-Italian, girl to endure sexual activity over the course of two days in Ostuni, the place he was scheduled to carry a number of grasp lessons on the Allora Fest, a brand new movie occasion being launched by Los Angeles-based Italian journalist Silvia Bizio and Spanish artwork critic Sol Costales Doulton set to run from June 21-26, stories ‘Selection’.
Bizio has confirmed to Selection that Haggis is beneath arrest.
“Beneath Italian Regulation, I can’t focus on the proof,” Haggis’ longtime private lawyer Priya Chaudhry stated in an announcement. “That stated, I’m assured that each one allegations will likely be dismissed in opposition to Mr. Haggis. He’s completely harmless and keen to completely cooperate with the authorities so the reality comes out shortly.”
In assertion The Allora Fest stated they’ve “discovered with dismay and shock the information that Paul Haggis is in custody for alleged violence”.
In line with ‘Selection’, the fest’s administrators “instantly proceeded to take away any participation of the director from the occasion” and “On the similar time, they categorical full solidarity with the girl concerned”, they added.
“The themes chosen for the pageant are, amongst others, these of equality, gender equality, and solidarity. As professionals and ladies they’re dismayed and hope that the pageant will assist foster extra data and consciousness on such a topical and more and more urgent problem,” the assertion went on to notice.
In line with an Italian police report, the alleged sufferer, after being assaulted, was taken by Haggis to the Papola Casale airport in Brindisi and left there on Friday morning on the break of day, regardless of her “precarious bodily and psychological circumstances,” stories ‘Selection’.
On the airport, the alleged rape sufferer, in a “confused state”, in response to the report, was assisted by the airport employees and border police who, after having given her first support, accompanied her to the places of work of the Italian squadra cellular police unit. Police brokers then took the girl to the A. Perrino hospital in Brindisi, the place Italy’s so-called “pink protocol” for rape victims was implement.
Subsequently, the alleged sufferer filed formal costs in opposition to Haggis.
Haggis, who wrote ‘Million Greenback Child’ and co-wrote and directed ‘Crash’, each of which he gained an Oscar for, was sued in 2018 by publicist Haleigh Breest, who alleged that he had violently raped her after a premiere in 2013.
The go well with prompted three further girls to return ahead with their very own sexual misconduct accusations in opposition to Haggis, who has vehemently denied the claims.
The trial continues to be pending, resulting from Covid delays.