Paul Hagis – famous for writing/directing the best film of 2006, “Crash” – has been arrested in Italy for sexual assault…according to several reports.
According to local media, the Oscar-winning filmmaker – who also wrote ‘Million Dollar Baby’, among other blockbuster films over the years – was arrested in the town of Ostuni on Sunday, where he is accused of forcing an unidentified young woman having sex. with him for 2 days. He’s in town for a new film festival happening this week, called Allora Fest.
The woman, who is not of Italian descent, was taken to an airport by Haggis after the alleged assault and left in a state of confusion… according to law enforcement cited by Italian reports.
The alleged victim was reportedly picked up by airport staff, who took her to hospital… where she eventually filed a complaint against Haggis, naming him as the alleged culprit. He remains in custody and his events have been removed from AF programming.
The patrons of Allora Fest say: “The themes chosen for the festival are, among others, those of equality, gender equality and solidarity. As professionals and women, they are appalled and hope the festival will help foster more information and awareness on a topical and increasingly pressing issue.” Authorities are further investigating the incident.
We have contacted Haggis reps, no response yet. He has been accused of sexual misconduct by several other women over the past few years… which he has denied.