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Paul Haggis arrested in Italy, faces sexual assault fees


Canadian movie director Paul Haggis was detained on Sunday for investigation of allegations that he sexually assaulted a girl in southern Italy, Italian information media stated, quoting native prosecutors.

The London, Ont., born, Oscar-winning Haggis, 69, has been in Italy for a movie competition that begins on Tuesday in Ostuni, a vacationer city in Puglia, the area that types the “heel” of the Italian peninsula.

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The information company LaPresse and a number of other different Italian media carried a written assertion from prosecutors within the close by metropolis of Brindisi that they have been investigating allegations a “younger international girl” was compelled to have “non-consensual” sexual relations over two days.

Haggis’s lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, stated that he couldn’t talk about the proof underneath Italian regulation.

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“I’m assured that every one allegations will probably be dismissed in opposition to Mr. Haggis,” Chaudhry stated. “He’s completely harmless, and keen to completely cooperate with the authorities, so the reality comes out shortly.”

Prosecutors Antonio Negro and Livia Orlando, who’re conducting the investigation, stated within the assertion that the girl was “compelled to hunt medical care” following the sexual relations. After a few days “of non-consensual relations, the girl was accompanied by the person” to Brindisi airport on Sunday and “was left there at daybreak regardless of (her) precarious bodily and psychological circumstances.”

The Brindisi prosecutors’ workplace was closed on Sunday.

The prosecutors stated airport workers and police observed her “apparent confused state” and after lending preliminary remedy, took her to Brindisi’s police headquarters, the place officers accompanied her to an area hospital for examination.

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Police at headquarters’ operations room stated they weren’t licensed to provide out details about the case, together with whether or not Haggis was being held on the police station or at a resort or different lodging.

Haggis is a director, producer and screenwriter. He gained an Oscar in 2006 for finest unique screenplay for Crash.

Prosecutors have been additionally quoted as saying that the girl “formalized her grievance and cited circumstances which have been subsequently appeared into for affirmation by investigators.”

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They didn’t cite her nationality or age.

© 2022 The Canadian Press



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