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Reports: Oscar winner Paul Haggis arrested in Italy in case of sexual assault

Film director Paul Haggis has been arrested for investigating allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in southern Italy, Italian media reported, citing local prosecutors.

Haggis (69), born in Canada, the winner of the Oscars, was in Italy at the film festival that starts on Tuesday in Ostuni, a tourist city in Puglia, a region that is the “fifth” of the Italian peninsula.

The LaPresse news agency and several other Italian media outlets reported a written statement by prosecutors in the nearby town of Brindisi to investigate allegations that the “young foreign woman” was forced to have sex “without consent” for two days.

Prosecutors Antonio Negro and Livia Orlando, who are conducting the investigation, said in a statement that the woman was “forced to seek medical help”.

After several days of “relationship without consent, the woman was accompanied by a man on Sunday” at the airport in Brindisi and “left from there at dawn despite (her) uncertain physical and mental conditions,” they said.

The woman formalized her complaint and stated the circumstances that the investigators subsequently examined for confirmationprosecutors

The Brindisi Prosecutor’s Office was closed on Sunday.

Haggis’ lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Prosecutors said airport staff and police noticed her “apparently confused condition” and after some initial treatment, took her to the Brindisi police headquarters, where she was escorted to a local hospital for examination.

Police in the operating room of the headquarters said that they were not authorized to provide information about the case, including whether Haggis was detained at the police station or in a hotel or other accommodation.

Haggis is a director, producer and screenwriter.

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He won an Oscar in 2006 for best original screenplay for Crash.

Prosecutors also quoted the woman as “formalizing her complaint and citing circumstances that they later investigated to confirm them.”

They did not state her nationality or age.

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