BRINDISI, Italy (AP) — A decide in southern Italy on Wednesday ordered Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis to stay in his lodge whereas Italian prosecutors proceed to analyze a lady’s allegations that he had intercourse along with her for 2 years. days with out her. consent, Italian information shops report.
After a listening to that lasted a number of hours on the Brindisi courthouse, Choose Wilma Gilly issued an order extending his present detention at a lodge in Ostuni, the place he was scheduled to take part this week within the Corriere della Sera arts competition. reported day by day.
Wednesday evening calls to Willie’s workplace went unanswered.
The information companies Ansa and LaPresse reported that Willy concluded that whereas Haggis, 69, who lives in the USA, doesn’t pose a flight danger, there’s a “hazard” that proof might be compromised or that the alleged crime might be solved. . repeat.
Haggis’ lawyer, Michel LaForgia, stated after the listening to that his consumer had maintained his full innocence and was “hopeful” that he would ultimately be acquitted.
“Paul Haggis answered all questions and defined what occurred,” LaForgia informed reporters exterior the courthouse. “He declared himself, as he had already completed instantly after his arrest, to be utterly harmless within the sense that the intercourse he had with this girl was consensual.”
Whereas the girl’s allegations are being investigated, the Canadian-born director, producer and screenwriter, 69, was ordered on Sunday to stay in custody at a farm visitor residence in Ostuni, a well-liked vacationer city in Puglia, a area that varieties the heel of the Italian peninsula.
Prosecutors stated he was underneath investigation on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated bodily hurt.
Prosecutors described the girl as younger and international. State TV and different Italian media shops stated she was a 30-year-old English girl who knew Haggis earlier than he got here to Ostuni for an arts competition that started this week.
Haggis co-wrote, directed and produced Crash, which received the 2006 Academy Award for Greatest Image and Greatest Screenplay. He additionally wrote the screenplay for Million Greenback Child, one other Oscar winner.
Lately, he has been in hassle with the regulation on account of allegations of sexual harassment by 4 girls in the USA.
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