The director of “Crash”, Paul Haggis, arrested for sexual abuse

This Sunday the news broke that Paul Haggins, director of the award-winning film “Crash”, was arrested in Italy for allegedly forcing a foreign woman to have sex for two days.

The investigators add that Haggins abandoned the woman at the Papola Casale airport, near Brindisi, despite her “precarious” physical and psychological conditions.

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The woman was assisted by airport and customs police personnel, who accompanied her to file the complaint, and later took her to the Brindisi hospital where the protocol dedicated to victims of sexual violence was activated.

Haggis, 69, author of the Oscar-winning “Crash” and screenplays such as “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) and “Casino Royal” (2006), He is being held on a precautionary basis. according to the order issued by prosecutor Antonio Negro and his deputy Livia Orlando.

“According to the elements collected, the investigated would have forced the young woman, known to him for a long time, to have sexual relations“, argue the prosecutors.

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In January 2018, four women in the United States accused the director of episodes ranging from sexual assault to harassment or rape, following a complaint filed in New York by publicist Haleigh Breest.