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Paul Haggis arrested in Italy, faces sexual assault charges

Canadian movie director Paul Haggis was detained on Sunday for investigation of allegations that he sexually assaulted a girl in southern Italy, Italian information media mentioned, quoting native prosecutors.

The London, Ont., born, Oscar-winning Haggis, 69, has been in Italy for a movie competition that begins on Tuesday in Ostuni, a vacationer city in Puglia, the area that kinds the “heel” of the Italian peninsula.

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The information company LaPresse and a number of other different Italian media carried a written assertion from prosecutors within the close by metropolis of Brindisi that they had been investigating allegations a “younger overseas lady” was compelled to have “non-consensual” sexual relations over two days.

Haggis’s lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, mentioned that he couldn’t focus on the proof underneath Italian regulation.

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“I’m assured that every one allegations shall be dismissed towards Mr. Haggis,” Chaudhry mentioned. “He’s completely harmless, and keen to totally cooperate with the authorities, so the reality comes out shortly.”

Prosecutors Antonio Negro and Livia Orlando, who’re conducting the investigation, mentioned within the assertion that the lady was “compelled to hunt medical care” following the sexual relations. After a few days “of non-consensual relations, the lady was accompanied by the person” to Brindisi airport on Sunday and “was left there at daybreak regardless of (her) precarious bodily and psychological circumstances.”

The Brindisi prosecutors’ workplace was closed on Sunday.

The prosecutors mentioned airport employees and police seen her “apparent confused state” and after lending preliminary therapy, took her to Brindisi’s police headquarters, the place officers accompanied her to an area hospital for examination.

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Police at headquarters’ operations room mentioned they weren’t licensed to offer out details about the case, together with whether or not Haggis was being held on the police station or at a resort or different lodging.

Haggis is a director, producer and screenwriter. He received an Oscar in 2006 for greatest unique screenplay for Crash.

Prosecutors had been additionally quoted as saying that the lady “formalized her grievance and cited circumstances which had been subsequently regarded into for affirmation by investigators.”

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They didn’t cite her nationality or age.

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