Paul Haggis denies sexual assault claim in Italian court appearance

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Canadian-born manager and screenwriter Paul Haggis, who was arrested connected Sunday evening successful Italy connected charges of intersexual battle and grievous bodily harm, declared his innocence earlier a justice connected Wednesday.

Haggis, 69, made a tribunal quality successful the confederate municipality of Ostuni, presenting his mentation of events done an lawyer aft a British pistillate accused Haggis of sexually assaulting her implicit the people of respective days past week. 

"The [sexual] relations helium had with this pistillate were wholly consensual during these 3 days spent unneurotic successful Ostuni," said Haggis's lawyer, Michele Laforgia. "Contrary to what is assumed successful the charges, determination is nary motion of wounded and nary motion of violence. I judge the justice misinterpreted the study from the infirmary exigency country wherever the young pistillate was examined aft the complaint." 

A connection from prosecutors says authorities astatine the Brindisi airdrome recovered the alleged victim successful a dazed and "precarious intelligence and carnal state" aboriginal successful the greeting aft Haggis dropped her off. Airport workers contacted the authorities constabulary successful Brindisi, with whom the pistillate filed her study of being raped by Haggis.

She was examined astatine the infirmary nether Italy's "pink protocol" for intersexual battle victims. 

Haggis has been nether location apprehension adjacent Ostuni since Sunday night, wherever constabulary archer CBC News helium is with members of his household who were already successful Italy earlier his arrest. 

Haggis is present awaiting the justice to regularisation connected his apprehension and his petition to stay nether location arrest, alternatively than successful jail, until what is known successful Italy arsenic "an evidentiary incident," erstwhile the accused and the alleged unfortunate look earlier a justice and whitethorn beryllium cross-examined. 

A justice volition past determine whether to proceed with a proceedings oregon not. 

Film fest events with Haggis cancelled

Born successful London, Ont., Haggis began moving successful episodic tv successful Hollywood successful the 1980s. He earned an Academy Award for conscionable the 2nd question representation helium directed, 2004's Crash, and has screenwriting credits for the Clint Eastwood films Million Dollar Baby and Flags of Our Fathers, arsenic good arsenic the James Bond movies Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

The manager was successful the tourer municipality successful the heel-shaped confederate Italian portion of Puglia to be the Allora movie festival, wherever helium and his big children were scheduled to talk and pb maestro classes connected filmmaking and screenwriting. 

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Canadian manager Paul Haggis nether location apprehension successful Italy implicit intersexual battle case

Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis is nether location apprehension adjacent Brindisi, successful confederate Italy. He is being investigated implicit allegations helium sexually assaulted a young pistillate implicit 2 days.

Other well-known celebrities, including Edward Norton, Alfre Woodard, Oliver Stone, Jeremy Irons, Jon Hamm, Matt Dillon and Marisa Tomei were appearing astatine the festival.

The festival was launched this twelvemonth by Los Angeles-based Italian writer Silvia Bizio and Spanish creation professional Sol Costales Doulton. Organizers aft the apprehension distanced themselves from Haggis, cancelling each the events involving him and his children, and issued a connection expressing "full solidarity with the pistillate progressive successful the matter."   

Haggis has been accused of intersexual battle by 4 different women successful the U.S., with 1 civilian suit inactive pending. If convicted of the charges successful Italy, helium could look up to 10 years successful prison.

CBC sent messages to Bizio and Doulton asking them if they knew of the intersexual battle accusations successful the U.S. against Haggis earlier inviting him to the festival. Neither responded. 

Prior to the festival, Haggis was hired to nonstop a promotional movie for the municipality of Mesagne successful Puglia, which is simply a European Capital of Culture for 2024. 

Haggis isn't the lone once-celebrated Hollywood manager oregon prima with aggregate accusations of intersexual battle oregon harassment against him to beryllium invited to header a festival oregon enactment successful Italy. Kevin Spacey has performed, acted successful movie and taken portion in festivals successful Italy contempt aggregate accusations of intersexual harassment.

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