Sexual assault: Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis arrested in Italy, what we know

“He will be questioned by Thursday by a judge who will have to decide whether or not to confirm the detention”, announces his lawyer. He is accused of forcing a young woman to have sex. Explanations.

Oscar-winning Canadian screenwriter and director Paul Haggis has been arrested in southern Italy on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault, charges he denies, his lawyers said on Monday.

An emergency measure

“Mr Paul Haggis was taken into custody on Sunday with an emergency order issued by Brindisi prosecutors and is now under house arrest in Ostuni. He will be questioned by Thursday by a judge who will have to decide whether or not to confirm the detention,” Paul Haggis’ Italian lawyer, Michele Laforgia, told Reuters. Paul Haggis is accused of forcing a young foreign woman to have sex for two days in Ostuni, Italy, the Brindisi prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

A source close to the investigation told Reuters that the young woman would be questioned within the next ten days as part of a so-called probationary incident procedure, which consists of establishing evidence for a possible future trial. Paul Haggis, 69, wrote “Million Dollar Baby” and co-wrote and directed “Collision,” for which he received multiple Oscars. He was in Ostuni to participate in the Allora Festa film festival.

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