Haggis has been in Italy for a movie pageant.
ROME, Italy — Movie director Paul Haggis was detained on Sunday for investigation of allegations that he sexually assaulted a girl in southern Italy, Italian information media stated, quoting native prosecutors.
The Canadian-born, Oscar-winning Haggis, 69, has been in Italy for a movie pageant that begins on Tuesday in Ostuni, a vacationer city in Puglia, the area that kinds the “heel” of the Italian peninsula.
The information company LaPresse and several other different Italian media carried a written assertion from prosecutors within the close by metropolis of Brindisi that they have been investigating allegations a “younger overseas lady” was pressured to have “non-consensual” sexual relations over two days.
Haggis’s legal professional, Priya Chaudhry, stated that though he couldn’t focus on the proof below Italian legislation, “I’m assured that every one allegations might be dismissed in opposition to Mr. Haggis. He’s completely harmless, and prepared to completely cooperate with the authorities so the reality comes out rapidly.”
Prosecutors Antonio Negro and Livia Orlando, who’re conducting the investigation, stated within the assertion that the lady was “pressured to hunt medical care” following the sexual relations. After a few days “of non-consensual relations, the lady was accompanied by the person” to Brindisi airport on Sunday and “was left there at daybreak regardless of (her) precarious bodily and psychological circumstances.”
The Brindisi prosecutors’ workplace was closed on Sunday.
The prosecutors stated airport workers and police seen her “apparent confused state” and ” and after lending preliminary remedy, took her to Brindisi’s police headquarters, the place officers accompanied her to a neighborhood hospital for examination.
Police at headquarters’ operations room stated they weren’t approved to present out details about the case, together with whether or not Haggis was being held on the police station or at a resort or different lodging.
Haggis is a director, producer and screenwriter. He gained an Oscar in 2006 for finest authentic screenplay for “Crash.”
Prosecutors additionally have been quoted as saying that the lady “formalized her criticism and cited circumstances which have been subsequently seemed into for affirmation by investigators.” They did not cite her nationality or age.