Paul Haggis arrested in Italy on sexual assault charges https://t.co/HpwI2VJteM
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 19, 2022
Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Paul Haggis has been arrested in Ostuni, southern Italy, on charges of assault and grievous bodily harm
Haggis is accused of forcing a young “foreign” – i.e. non-Italian – woman to undergo intercourse for two days in Ostuni, while he was supposed to give several masterclasses at the Allora Fest.
In 2018, publicist Haleigh Breest sued Haggis, who wrote and directed Oscar Best Picture winner Crash, for violently raping her in her New York apartment after a 2013 premiere. In the wake of her accusations, three more women came forward. with separate allegations of sexual misconduct against Haggis. Haggis has denied all claims.