BRINDISI, Italy (AP) — A choose in southern Italy on Wednesday ordered Academy Award-winning movie director Paul Haggis to stay underneath detention at his lodge whereas Italian prosecutors proceed to research a lady’s into that he had intercourse along with her over two days with out her consent, Italian information studies stated.
After conducting a listening to that lasted a number of hours within the Brindisi courthouse, Decide Wilma Gilli issued the ruling that extends his detention for now within the lodge within the city of Ostuni, the place he was speculated to take part in an arts pageant this week, Corriere della Sera every day reported.
Calls Wednesday night to Villi’s workplace went unanswered.
The Ansa and LaPresse information companies stated Villi had concluded that whereas the 69-year-old Haggis, who lives in america, is not a flight danger, there was the “hazard” proof may very well be compromised or that the alleged crime may very well be repeated.
Haggis’ lawyer, Michele Laforgia, stated after the listening to that his consumer reiterated his whole innocence and is in “hopeful expectation” that he can be finally vindicated.
“Paul Haggis answered all questions and defined what occurred,” Laforgia informed reporters exterior the courthouse. “He declared himself, as he had already completed proper after the detention, utterly harmless, within the sense that the intercourse he had with this lady was completely consensual.”
Whereas the girl’s query are investigated, the 69-year-old Canadian-born director, producer and screenwriter was initially ordered on Sunday to remain detained in his visitor residence in a farmhouse Ostuni, a well-liked vacationer city in Puglia, the area forming the “heel” of the Italian peninsula.
Prosecutors have stated he’s underneath investigation for alleged aggravated sexual violence and aggravated private accidents.
Prosecutors have described the girl as younger and international. State TV and different Italian media stated she is a 30-year-old Englishwoman who had recognized Haggis earlier than he got here to Ostuni to take part in an arts pageant that started this week.
Haggis co-wrote, directed and produced “Crash,” which gained the 2006 Academy Awards for greatest image and greatest screenplay. He additionally wrote the screenplay for “Million Greenback Child,” one other Oscar winner.
He has had authorized issues in recent times stemming from sexual misconduct allegations by 4 girls in america.