Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis arrested in sex assault case

Oscar-winning film director Paul Haggis was arrested in a sex assault case. He was arrested for assaulting a woman in southern Italy. The Canadian-born, Oscar-winning Haggis, 69, has been in Italy for a film festival that begins on Tuesday in Ostuni, a tourist town in Puglia, the region that forms the “heel” of the Italian peninsula.

As the investigation report, said in the statement that the woman was “forced to seek medical care” following the sexual relations. After a couple of days “of non-consensual relations, the woman was accompanied by the man” to Brindisi airport on Sunday and “was left there at dawn despite (her) precarious physical and psychological conditions.”

The prosecutors said airport staff and police noticed her “obvious confused state” and “after lending initial treatment, took her to Brindisi’s police headquarters, where officers accompanied her to a local hospital for examination. Haggis is a director, producer and screenwriter. He won an Oscar in 2006 for best original screenplay for “Crash.”

 

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