Oscar-winning director-screenwriter Paul Haggis was arrested on Sunday in the southern Italian town of Ostuni on charges of sexual assault and aggravated personal injury, according to multiple reports in the Italian media and a statement by the public prosecutors of the nearby city of Brindisi.
A young woman, who identified Haggis as being “foreign” and not Italian, has pressed charges on the two-time Oscar winner.
Haggis, best known for Crash and Million Dollar Baby, is accused of forcing her to engage in sexual intercourse over the course of two days in Ostuni.
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Haggis was scheduled to hold a series of master classes at the Allora Fest, a new film festival launched by L.A.-based Italian journalist Silvia Bizio and Spanish art critic Sol Costales Doulton that is set to