Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis detained in Italy over sex assault claims


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Director Paul Haggis was detained in Italy on Sunday after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman, according to local reports.

Haggis — who wrote and directed the Oscar-winning 2006 movie “Crash” — is being investigated over allegations that he forced a “young foreign woman” to have “non-consensual” sex with him over the course of two days, reports said, citing prosecutors in the city of Brindisi.

Many of the details remain unclear, but prosecutors Antonio Negro and Livia Orlando gave Italian media a statement that said the woman needed to seek medial care following the alleged forced sexual encounters.

“The woman was accompanied by the man” to Brindisi airport in the Puglia region on Sunday and “was left there at dawn despite [her] precarious physical and psychological conditions,” the statement said.

Haggis, 69, was in nearby town of Ostuni for the Allora film festival.

Canadian director Paul HaggisHaggis was in town for a film festival.

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According to The Daily Beast, Haggis allegedly held the woman captive in his hotel room. The outlet, citing a local police source, said he tried to fly the woman out of Italy and left her at the airport when she resisted.

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Employees at the airport brought the woman to the cops, who then took her to the hospital, the Daily Beast said.

It is unclear where he is being detain…

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