A disturbing claim has been made against an Oscar-winning Hollywood director, leading to his arrest on charges of sexual assault and aggravated personal injury in the town of Ostuni, Italy.
Paul Haggis was accused by a British woman of non-consensual sexual relations over a period of two days, leading to injury. The director and screenwriter are in Ostuni, a whitewashed town in Apulia in Italy’s “heel,” for a series of master classes that he was set to conduct at the Allora Fest. It is unclear whether the woman was participating in the festival, but organizers have since canceled Haggis’ classes and distanced themselves from the famed director.
Italian prosecutors released a statement that describes the assault as two days of non-consensual relations followed by the woman’s abandonment at Brindisi airport at dawn “despite [her] precarious physical and psychological conditions.” The prosecutors further claim that the woman was “forced to seek medical care” following the sexual relations, according to an AP report quoted by Breitbart.
Haggis, 69, was arrested at his hotel but later released on house arrest at the same hotel, according to his Italian attorney. He is expected to be in court to face charges later this week, according to The Mercury News.
Priya Chaudhry, Haggis’ personal attorney, released a statement to the entertainment industry rag “Variety,” but is hampered from saying much due to Italian law:
“Under Italian Law, I cannot discuss the evidence. That said, I am confident that all allegations will be dismissed against Mr. Haggis. He is totally innocent and willing to fully cooperate with the authorities so the truth comes out quickly.” Read more