Director Paul Haggis arrested for sexual abuse, according to media

File image of Haggins. / c7

He is the author of the Oscar-winning Crash, and the scripts for Million Dollar Baby and Casino Royal

EFE Roman

Canadian director and screenwriter Paul HaggisOscar winner for "Crash" (2005), was arrested today in the Italian city of Ostuni (south)
accused of sexually abusing a woman for two days, according to the Italian media.

Haggis, accused of crimes of sexual violence and aggravated personal injury, is in that town in the Apulia region to participate in the 'Allora Fest' festival, according to RAI public television, citing a statement from the Brindisi Prosecutor's Office.

The investigators maintain that the director
allegedly forced a woman foreigner to have sexual relations for two days and then abandoned her at the Papola Casale airport, near Brindisi, despite her "precarious" physical and psychological conditions.

The woman was assisted by airport staff and customs policewho accompanied her to file the complaint, and later took her to the Brindisi hospital where the protocol dedicated to victims of sexual violence was activated.

Haggis, 69, author of the Oscar-winning "Crash" and scripts such as "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) or "Casino Royal" (2006)is being held on a precautionary basis, according to the order issued by the prosecutor Antonio Negro and his deputy Livia Orlando.

"According to the elements collected, the investigated would have forced the young woman, known to him for a long time, to have sexual relations," the prosecutors maintain.

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