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Accusation of sexual violence: Paul Haggis remains under house arrest

Director Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis at an event in New York. The Canadian director and Oscar winner has been placed under house arrest in Italy. Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/dpa

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Actually, the Hollywood director and screenwriter was supposed to be a star guest at the festival. Instead, he is not allowed to leave his hotel in Italy. He is said to have sexually assaulted a woman for days.

Oscar winner Paul haggis remains under house arrest in Italy. The director (“LA Crash”) is accused by a woman of sexually assaulting her in the Apulia region in the south of the Mediterranean country for three days in the past week.

An investigating magistrate in the city of Brindisi decided on Wednesday evening, after an initial questioning of the 69-year-old Canadian, to house arrest to stay in a hotel.

According to the news agencies, she gave the reason ansa and Adnkronos indicate that Haggis might otherwise influence the alleged victim before testifying. However, there is no risk of escape. The accused vehemently denies the prosecutor’s allegations.

“As expected, Paul Haggis answered all questions, presented the facts and once again declared himself absolutely innocent,” defense attorney Michele Laforgia told journalists after the hearing. «The what he with this Woman did in the three days together in Ostuni, was completely consensual. » The Canadian’s lawyer also questioned the prosecutors’ claims that the alleged victim was injured when the police were called.

The Brit was from Haggis to the airport on Wednesday Brindisi been taken to where, according to prosecutors, she was found in an “obviously confused state”. The police took her to a hospital to assess injuries; the 30-year-old then filed a complaint. Haggis was arrested after initial investigations on Sunday and then placed under house arrest.

The filmmaker has explicitly announced that he will remain in Italy until his innocence is proven, said lawyer Laforgia. “Because his life depends on it, here and also in the USA.”

The Canadian was actually intended as a star guest at the Ostuni film festival. According to Ansa, after he was arrested on Sunday, those responsible said that haggis was immediately banned from all events. Paul Haggis became the first writer to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in two consecutive years – for “Million Dollar Baby” and for “LA Crash.” Later, Haggis also co-wrote the screenplays for the James Bond films “Casino Royale” (2006) and “Quantum of Solace” (2008).

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