(Slay News) – Hollywood superstar, Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Paul Haggis, was arrested Sunday in Italy on charges of sexual assault. The Crash director was arrested in a town in southern Italy.
Haggis, 69, is in Italy for a film festival that begins on Tuesday in Ostuni, a tourist town in Puglia. Festival organizers quickly moved to remove Haggis from the program.
Following an examination at a hospital, the woman “formalized her complaint and cited circumstances which were subsequently looked into for confirmation by investigators.” The victim also filed formal charges against Haggis.
Police arrested Haggis on suspicion of sexual assault and aggravated personal injury.
Allora Fest organizers said they “learned with dismay and shock the news that Paul Haggis is in custody for alleged violence” and “immediately proceeded to remove any participation of[Haggis from the event.”
“The themes chosen for the festival are, among others, those of equality, gender equality, and solidarity,” organizers said.
“As professionals and women they are dismayed and hope that the festival will help foster more information and awareness on such a topical and increasingly pressing issue.”
In 2017 and early 2018, several women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Haggis.
Prosecutors Antonio Negro and Livia Orlando said the woman was “forced to seek medical care” followong the sexual relations.
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.”
Paul Haggis Arrested in Italy on Sexual Assault Charges https://t.co/CW5oBVKeZb
— Variety (@Variety) June 19, 2022
Oscar-winning film director Paul Haggis was detained on Sunday for investigation of allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in southern Italy, Italian news media said, quoting local prosecutors. Haggis, 69, has been in Italy for a film festival. https://t.co/BdffkZWn4q
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 19, 2022
Paul Haggis has been accused of assault before—in 2018, he was sued for an accusation of rape, motivating three other women to come forward with sexual misconduct allegations. Haggis has denied all of the allegations as a civil trial has continued. https://t.co/ZjydpdfcFJ
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) June 19, 2022