As a “Crash” director Paul Haggis stays in custody in Italy, awaiting a Wednesday preliminary listening to on expenses of sexual assault and aggravated private damage allegedly inflicted on an unidentified younger girl, extra particulars concerning the case are surfacing.
In an announcement to Selection, Haggis’ Italian lawyer Michele Laforgia stated that the director “instantly acknowledged that he’s fully harmless and hopes for the utmost pace of all crucial investigations to make clear the matter. ” The lawyer added that “Haggis will reply all questions. ” The filmmaker is at the moment in custody at a 5-star resort in Ostuni, in southern Italy.
In keeping with a number of studies and sources, the alleged sufferer, who has pressed expenses, is a British girl who’s significantly youthful than the 69-year-old filmmaker. She is believed to be both in her 30s or early 40s. She and Haggis met on the finish of April at a movie competition, in accordance with an article within the well-respected Italian newspaper La Repubblica, whose journalist has seen a replica of the prosecutor’s report.
Haggis presided over the jury of the Monte-Carlo Comedy Movie Pageant (pictured above), which ran April 25-30. After the pair’s first encounter, Haggis and the alleged sufferer subsequently communicated by way of Instagram and textual content messages, in accordance with the La Repubblica article. The outlet additionally studies that the alleged sufferer arrived by way of a low-cost airline on Sunday, June 12, in Ostuni, a small vacationer city in Puglia, the “heel” of southeastern Italy.
Throughout the course of the subsequent two days, throughout which the girl and Haggis slept in the identical resort room, Haggis allegedly “pressured the younger girl, recognized by him from a while in the past, to undergo sexual relations,” in accordance with a written assertion issued by prosecutor Antonio Negro on Sunday (June 19), which introduced that Haggis had been detained.
The prosecutors’ assertion additionally stated that the British girl was “pressured to hunt medical care” because of accidents which can be constant along with her allegations of sexual assault.
As beforehand reported, after being allegedly assaulted, The lady was accompanied by Haggis to Brindisi airport on the daybreak and left there regardless of her “precarious bodily and psychological situations,” the report says.
Airport employees and police seen the girl crouched in a nook of the small airport in an “clearly confused state.” They took the alleged sufferer to the port metropolis of Brindisi’s police headquarters. From there, officers escorted her to the A. Perrino hospital in Brindisi, the place Italy’s so-called “pink protocol” for rape victims, which incorporates psychological counseling, was implement. The results of the examination and counseling prompted the girl to press expenses in opposition to Haggis.
Beneath Italian regulation, after listening to arguments from each prosecutors and protection legal professionals through the first preliminary listening to, the decide can both set Haggis free pending additional investigation; or, as an alternative, he might be jailed or proceed to be held below home arrest on the resort.
The following step is a particular report of pre-trial listening to, possible subsequent week, that’s anticipated to contain a cross-examination between Haggis and the alleged sufferer, who’s believed to nonetheless be in Italy, and their respective legal professionals. The decide will then determine whether or not the case will go to trial.
Haggis, who has been spending time in Italy over the previous few years, was in Ostuni to carry a number of grasp courses –– together with with Jeremy Irons, Oliver Stone, Matt Dillon, Edward Norton and Marisa Tomei – on the Allora Fest, a brand new movie occasion in Ostuni that Haggis was concerned in launching in tandem with Los Angeles-based Italian journalist Silvia Bizio and Spanish artwork critic Sol Costales Doulton.
Allora Fest organizers – who on Sunday promptly eliminated Haggis from the occasion whereas expressing full solidarity with the alleged sufferer – kicked off the June 21-26 occasion on Tuesday with out Haggis, however with all of the aforementioned company he had invited in attendance. “I’m horrified about what has occurred and hope it will likely be clarified very quickly,” Irons instructed the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
Haggis, who wrote “Million Greenback Child” and co-wrote and directed “Crash,” each of which he received an Oscar for, was sued in 2018 by publicist Haleigh Breest, who alleged that he had violently raped her after a 2013 premiere. The swimsuit prompted three further ladies to return ahead with their very own sexual misconduct accusations in opposition to Haggis, who has vehemently denied the claims. The trial is nonetheless pending because of COVID delays.