The filmmaker was arrested in the south of the country and remanded in custody on Sunday.
In Italy for the Ostuni City Film Festival, the director Paul Haggis (Puzzle) was remanded in custody last Sunday. The cause: he is accused of having sexually assaulted a woman. Published in part by LaPresse.ita press release from the Brindisi public prosecutor’s office indicates that ” […] the application of precautionary measures has been requested in its regard [car il est] seriously suspected of crimes of sexual violence and aggravated bodily harm, crimes committed against a young foreign woman”. According to the information collected, Haggis would have forced the young woman, met shortly before the festival, to ” undergo sexual intercourse”.
The prosecutor of Brindisi Livia Orlando and his deputy Antonio niggaboth in charge of the investigation, explain that ” The victim, following one of these sexual encounters, reported that she had been forced to seek medical attention. […] After a few days of non-consensual relations, the woman was accompanied by the man in front of the Papola Casale airport. She would have left at dawn, despite very fragile physical and psychological conditions. » Brindisi airport staff and border police then noticed that she was completely disoriented and administered first aid. The police then took her to the hospital to place her under the pink protocol, for victims of violence. The young woman then filed a complaint and exposed the facts, which were subsequently verified by the investigators.
The director’s lawyer Collision, Priya Chaudhryalso spoke and explained being “ confident that all allegations against Mr. Haggis will be dismissed. He is completely innocent, and ready to cooperate fully with the authorities so that the truth comes to light quickly. The filmmaker also insisted on his innocence through his Italian lawyer, Michelle Laforgia : “ Investigate ASAP, I’m totally innocent “.
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