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Monday, June 20, 2022 – Filmmaker, Paul Haggis has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in Italy.
The 69-year-old, who is best known for directing the Oscar-winning film Crash and writing the script for James Bond movie Casino Royale, was allegedly detained on Sunday, June 19.
Italian news media reports that Haggis was in Italy to attend a film festival that is set to begin in the tourist town of Ostuni, Puglia on Tuesday.
Italian reports say prosecutors in the nearby city of Brindisi, were investigating allegations from a ‘young foreign woman’ who claims she was forced to have ‘non-consensual’ sexual relations over two days.
The woman was also reportedly ‘forced to see medical care’ according to prosecutors Antonio Negro and Livia Orlando, who are leading the investigation.
In the statement, obtained by the Associated Press, it is claimed that after a couple of days ‘of non-consensual relations, the woman was accompanied by the man’ to Brindisi airport on Sunday and ‘was left there at dawn despite [her] precarious physical and psychological conditions’.
Airport staff and police officers are said to have noticed the woman’s ‘obvious confused state’ and that, after initial treatment, she was moved to Brindisi’s police headquarters where officers escorted her to a local hospital for examination.
Prosecutors reportedly added that the woman has ‘formalised her complaint and cited circumstances which were subsequently looked into for confirmation by investigators’.
Haggis won the best original screenplay Oscar for Crash in 2006, with the drama boasting a star-studded cast including Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Don Cheadle, Terrence Howard and Thandiwe Newton. It also won the best picture Oscar that year as well as best film editing.
His 2004 movie Million Dollar Baby also won best picture at the Oscars.