Crash director Paul Haggis was arrested in Italy.
Paul Haggis, an Oscar-winning Canadian screenwriter and director, has been arrested in Ostuni, Southern Italy, on charges of sexual assault and aggravated personal injury.
According to Italian media and a note from the public prosecutor’s office in the nearby city of Brindisi, Haggis is charged with forcing a young “foreign” – non-Italian – woman to undergo sexual intercourse over two days in Ostuni.
Haggis was scheduled to hold several master classes at the Allora Fest, a new film event launched by Los Angeles-based Italian journalist Silvia Bizio and Spanish art critic Sol Costales Doulton that is set to run in Ostuni from June 21 to June 26.
A woman was assaulted and taken to the airport by Haggis, who left her there despite her “precarious physical and psychological conditions.” She was taken to the hospital and filed formal charges against Haggis.
Haggis was sued by a publicist who claimed he had violently raped her after a premiere.
Haleigh Breest alleged that he had violently raped her after a premiere in 2013. The suit prompted three additional women to come forward with their sexual misconduct accusations against Haggis, who has vehemently denied the claims.
The case is still pending.
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- Paul Haggis Arrested In Italy On Sexual Assault Charges – Variety
- Paul Haggis, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter And Director, Detained In Italy For Alleged Sex Assault – Deadline
- Paul Haggis detained in Italy in sex assault case: report – Fox News
- Film-maker Paul Haggis arrested over sexual assault allegations in Italy – The Guardian