Oscar-Winning Director Ordered To Pay $10 Million To Rape Accuser

Oscar-Winning Director Ordered To Pay $10 Million To Rape Accuser

Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis was ordered to pay an additional $2.5 million in damages in a rape lawsuit, bringing the total amount he owes to $10 million.

The Hollywood screenwriter, producer, and director worked on award winning projects including “Crash” and “Million Dollar Baby,” plus the James Bond movies “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace.” He stands accused of sexually assaulting publicist Haleigh Breest in January 2013. Haggis claimed the sexual encounter was consensual.

The screenwriter expressed his dissatisfaction with the jury ruling, vowing to appeal their decision. “I can’t live with lies like this. I will die clearing my name,” Haggis said, per NBC News.

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The jury had already awarded Breest $7.5 million in compensatory damages for suffering as part of the civil suit, but returned to

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