Film-maker Paul Haggis arrested over sexual assault allegations in Italy

The Guardian says Authorities detained Oscar-winning film director Paul Haggis on Sunday in connection with allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in southern Italy, Italian news media said, quoting local prosecutors.

Film-maker Paul Haggis arrested over sexual assault allegations in Italy

The Guardian says Authorities detained Oscar-winning film director Paul Haggis on Sunday in connection with allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in southern Italy, Italian news media said, quoting local prosecutors.

The Canadian-born Haggis, 69, has been in Italy for a film festival that begins on Tuesday in Ostuni, a tourist town in Puglia, the region that forms the “heel” of the Italian peninsula.

An attorney for Haggis, Priya Chaudhry, issued a statement declaring the director “totally innocent”.

“Under Italian law, I cannot discuss the evidence,” Chaudhry said. “That said, I am confident that all allegations will be dismissed against Mr. Haggis. He is totally innocent, and willing to fully cooperate with the authorities so the truth comes out quickly.”

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/jun/19/paul-haggis-arrested-sexual-assault-allegations-italy

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