A woman allegedly raped by director Paul Haggis told Italian police, “I was raped for days,” according to a new report.
“We were supposed to work together, but instead he raped me from Sunday evening until Wednesday,” a woman told police in the southern city of Brindisi, the Daily Beast reported on Monday.
Haggis, who wrote and directed the 2006 Oscar-winning movie Crash, is under investigation over allegations that he forced a “young foreigner” to have non-consensual sex with him for two days, it was reported on Sunday. .
A brief summary of the arrest document says the woman told Italian prosecutor Antonio Negro about the gruesome story, the publication reported.
The British woman was found hiding at the former small airport early Wednesday morning after Haggis allegedly dropped her off there.
The flight attendant who took her to authorities said “she was destroyed” and “she spoke with difficulty,” according to the Daily Beast. She then went to the hospital as per protocol to treat and examine the victims of the rape. More information about the victim is not reported.
Haggis, 69, was in the nearby town of Ostuni for the Allora Film Festival. He is currently being held by the police, but many details remain unclear.
His Italian lawyer Michele LaForgia told the Daily Beast that Haggis will appear in court on Thursday.
LaForgia said that Haggis is “completely innocent and we hope for the maximum speed of all the necessary investigations to clear this matter.”
Haggis is a famous director, screenwriter and producer. In 2006, he won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Crash, which also won Best Picture.
He also wrote and produced 2004’s Million Dollar Baby, wrote the James Bond film Casino Royale, and wrote Letters from Iwo Jima.