Director Paul Haggis was arrested in Italy on Sunday after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman, according to local reports.
Haggis – who wrote and directed the 2006 Oscar-winning film “Crash” – is under investigation for allegedly forcing a “young party” to have sex with him “without consent” for two days, reports said. to prosecutors in the city of Brindisi.
Many details remain unclear, but prosecutors Antonio Negro and Livia Orlando gave a statement to the Italian media stating that the woman had to seek medical care after the alleged forced sexual intercourse.
“A woman was accompanied by a man on Sunday” to Brindisi airport in the Pula region and was left there at dawn despite [her] insecure physical and mental conditions “, it is stated in the announcement.
Haggis, 69, was in the nearby town of Ostuni at the Allora Film Festival.
According to The Daily Beast, Haggis allegedly kept a woman trapped in his hotel room. The agency, citing a local police source, said that he tried to take the woman from Italy and left her at the airport when she resisted.
Employees at the airport brought the woman to the police, who then took her to the hospital, writes the Daily Beast.
It is unclear where he was detained. Italian authorities said the unidentified woman “formalized her complaint and cited circumstances they later investigated to confirm them.”
Haggis is an acclaimed director, writer and producer. He won the 2006 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for “Crash,” which also won Best Picture.
He also wrote and produced the 2004 film “Baby of a Million Dollars” and was the screenwriter for the James Bond film “Casino Royale” and the writer of the story for “Letters from Ivo Jime”.
His lawyer did not respond to the Associated Press’s request for comment.
With post wires