2:35 PM PT – Haggis’ attorney Priya Chaudhry told TMZ…”Under Italian law, I cannot discuss the evidence. That said, I believe all charges will be dismissed…he is completely innocent, Willing to cooperate fully with the authorities so that the truth will come out.”
Paul Haggis – Known for writing/directing the 2006 best film “Crash” – Arrested in Italy for sexual assault…according to multiple reports.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker – who also created hits like “Million Dollar Baby” over the years – was arrested in the city of Ostuni on Sunday, accused of forcing an unidentified young woman, local media said. Had sex and spent 2 days with him. He’s in town for a new film festival this week called Allora Fest.
The woman, who is of non-Italian descent, was taken to the airport by Haggis in a state of confusion following the alleged attack, Italian reports said, citing law enforcement.
The alleged victim was cared for by airport staff, who took her to hospital… She eventually charged Haggis, citing him as the alleged culprit. He remains in custody and his activities have been excluded from the AF lineup.
Allora Fest honchos said: “The themes chosen for the festival included themes such as equality, gender equality and solidarity. As professionals and women, they were frustrated and hoped that the festival would help promote more information and awareness on such issues A hot and increasingly pressing issue.” Authorities are further investigating the incident.
We’ve reached out to Haggis’ representatives and have yet to respond. He has been accused of sexual misconduct by several other women over the past few years…all of which he has denied.
Originally Posted – 1:47pm PT