Award-winning director Paul Haggis arrested for alleged sex assault in Italy

Academy award-winning Canadian film writer and director Paul Haggis was arrested and detained Sunday in Italy for an alleged sexual assault on a young non-Italian woman, whom he allegedly kept in his hotel room for two days and then dumped at the airport, according to Fox News.

Haggis, 69, was in Italy to attend the Allora film festival beginning Tuesday in Ostuni, a tourist town in the “heel” area of Italy’s boot.

Prosecutors in Brindisi said they continued to investigate allegations of a “young foreign woman” of unknown age, who said that she was forced to have “non-consensual” sex with Haggis over two days and had to seek medical attention after Haggis left her at the Brindisi airport on Sunday.

Airport staff said she appeared confused and was taken to the hospital after initial treatment.

Famous screenwriter/director accused

Authorities would not say whether Haggis is being held in a detention facility or whether he is in a private lodging.

The alleged victim is making a formal complaint against Haggis, officials said, and she offered additional details that have led to further investigation.

Haggis won an Academy Award in 2006 for the movie Crash, which was based on a real-life experience he had with a carjacking in Los Angeles.

He also wrote “Million Dollar Baby” and “Flags of Our Fathers.”

Even more accusations

It is not the first sexual assault allegation against Haggis, who was also sued civilly in 2017 for allegedly sexually assaulting publicist Haleigh Breest in 2013 in New York. Haggis denied the allegations, and the case is still going on.

After the initial allegation, three other women came forward with their own anonymous sexual assault allegations, establishing a pattern of accusations.

Haggis, who used to be a Scientologist, has been defended by other ex-members, who blamed the Scientologists for getting women to make false allegations.

There appears to be medical evidence in this case that may make his defenders think again about his innocence, however.

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