BRINDISI, Italy ( Associated Press) — A judge in southern Italy on Wednesday ordered Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis to remain in his hotel’s custody as Italian prosecutors continue to investigate a woman’s allegations that he had sex with her. two days without her. consent, Italian news outlets report.
After a hearing that lasted several hours at the Brindisi courthouse, Judge Wilma Gilly issued an order extending his current detention at a hotel in Ostuni, where he was scheduled to participate this week in the Corriere della Sera arts festival. reported daily.
Wednesday night calls to Willie’s office went unanswered.
The news agencies Ansa and LaPresse reported that Willy concluded that while Haggis, 69, who lives in the United States, does not pose a flight risk, there is a “danger” that evidence could be compromised or that the alleged crime could be solved. . repeat.
Haggis’ attorney, Michel LaForgia, said after the hearing that his client had maintained his complete innocence and was “hopeful” that he would eventually be acquitted.
“Paul Haggis answered all questions and explained what happened,” LaForgia told reporters outside the courthouse. “He declared himself, as he had already done immediately after his arrest, to be completely innocent in the sense that the sex he had with this woman was consensual.”
While the woman’s allegations are being investigated, the Canadian-born director, producer and screenwriter, 69, was ordered on Sunday to remain in custody at a farm guest house in Ostuni, a popular tourist town in Puglia, a region that forms the heel of the Italian peninsula.
Prosecutors said he was under investigation on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated bodily harm.
Prosecutors described the woman as young and foreign. State TV and other Italian media outlets said she was a 30-year-old English woman who knew Haggis before he came to Ostuni for an arts festival that began this week.
Haggis co-wrote, directed and produced Crash, which won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Screenplay. He also wrote the screenplay for Million Dollar Baby, another Oscar winner.
In recent years, he has been in trouble with the law due to allegations of sexual harassment by four women in the United States.