The Oscar-winning director has been arrested and charged with rape

Oscar-winning Canadian director Paul Haggis has been arrested in Italy on suspicion of having committed a sexual offense, the Italian press said on Sunday, citing the local prosecutor’s office.

The 69-year-old director arrived in Italy for a film festival starting in Tuesday in Ostuni, in the southern province of Puglia. The Italian news agency LaPresse and other press outlets have also brought down a statement from the Brindisi prosecutor’s office that an investigation has been launched into the report of a young woman who claims to have been raped.

Prosecutors Antonio Negro and Livia Orlando say the woman needed medical help after the stories. It is known that after several days of forced sexual intercourse, the woman was escorted by a man to Brindisi Airport on Sunday, where “he was left alone despite his physically and mentally shaken state”.

The Brindisi prosecution was closed on Sunday and Haggis’ lawyer has not yet responded to the revelations.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the airport staff and police noticed the woman’s obviously disturbed condition and “After first aid, he was taken to the Brindisi Police Headquarters and then to a local hospital for examination.”. They added that the woman “made a formal complaint referring to the circumstances, which were being investigated by investigators”.

Police said he had no authority to reveal details of the case or whether Haggis was being held at the police station, hotel room or possibly elsewhere. For the time being, she does not know the woman’s age or citizenship, only that she is a foreigner.

Haggis is a screenwriter, film producer, and film and television director.

He received an Oscar in 2006 for directing his drama Collisions. He wrote the screenplay for The Million Dollar Baby and Casino Royale. Incidentally, several women were accused of sexual harassment during the Harvey Weinstein scandal, although the director denied this.

Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s most influential film moguls, was sentenced to 23 years in prison in 2020 after being accused by many of his employees and many actresses of sexual abuse and harassment, and an actress of sexual assault.