Canadian director Paul Haggis arrested in Italy for sexual assault

Canadian director Paul Haggis, who has scripted several feature films in the “James Bond” franchise and collaborated with big names in cinema, is suspected of “aggravated” sexual assault.

Canadian director and producer Paul Haggis was arrested in southern Italy on suspicion of “aggravated” sexual assault, Italian news agencies announced on Sunday June 19.

The screenwriter is “seriously suspected of crimes of sexual assault and aggravated bodily harm, crimes committed against a young foreign woman”, indicated the agencies ANSA and AGI quoting the Brindisi prosecutor. The prosecutor’s office did not provide further information on Sunday.


The young woman was with Paul Haggis before the festival, according to the prosecution. “The suspect allegedly forced the young woman, whom he met some time earlier, to have sex,” the prosecutor said. After a meeting, the young woman was “forced to go to medical care”, according to him. One of Paul Haggis’ lawyers, solicited by telephone and email, did not react on Sunday.

Paul Haggis, 69, who wrote and directed the Oscar-winning film ‘Crash’ (‘Collision’), was due to star at the Allora Fest film festival which kicks off in the provincial town of Ostuni on Tuesday. from Brindisi.

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