Movie director Paul Haggis is being held in Italy pending a courtroom listening to whereas prosecutors examine a lady’s allegations he had intercourse along with her with out her consent over the course of two days.
On Sunday, prosecutors in Brindisi, a port city in Puglia, introduced that police had detained the Canadian-born director, 69, for investigation of alleged aggravated sexual violence and aggravated private accidents.
Haggis’s legal professionals say he denies the accusations.
Brindisi prosecutor Antonio Negro mentioned on Monday that the precise date of the listening to this week remains to be to be determined.
The alleged sufferer is described by prosecutors as a “younger international girl”, whereas state TV and different Italian media mentioned she is English.
The media mentioned the screenwriter and producer is being detained in a resort room within the vacationer city of Ostuni, the place he got here to participate in an arts pageant that begins on Tuesday.
In a written assertion on Sunday prosecutors mentioned that “in line with (investigative) parts gathered”, Haggis allegedly “pressured the younger girl, recognized by him from a while in the past, to undergo sexual relations”.
The assertion additionally mentioned that the lady was “pressured to hunt medical care”.
The prosecutors alleged that after a few days “of non-consensual relations, the lady was accompanied” by Haggis to Brindisi airport and “was left there at daybreak regardless of (her) precarious bodily and psychological circumstances”.
They added that airport workers and police seen her “apparent confused state” and took her to Brindisi’s police headquarters, the place officers accompanied her to an area hospital for examination.
Haggis’s Italian lawyer was in courtroom on Monday morning on different issues and couldn’t be reached for remark.
On Sunday, the director and screenwriter’s US-based lawyer Priya Chaudhry instructed the Related Press that though she couldn’t focus on the proof beneath Italian regulation, “I’m assured that each one allegations will probably be dismissed towards Mr Haggis”.
She added: “He’s completely harmless, and prepared to totally co-operate with the authorities so the reality comes out shortly.”
Below Italian regulation a choose, after listening to arguments from each prosecutors and defence legal professionals, will rule on whether or not Haggis may be let out pending doable extra investigation.
A choose may determine if there’s a flight danger, or the opportunity of tampering with proof or committing the identical alleged crime and order him to be jailed or keep beneath home arrest.
Haggis, 69, wrote Million Greenback Child and co-wrote and directed Crash, each of which he received an Oscar for.
In 2018 he denied accusations of sexual misconduct made by 4 girls, together with two who accused him of rape.