Director Haggis appears in Italy court amid assault probe

哈吉斯, 69, made no comment as he arrived with Italian attorney Michele Laforgia at the courthouse in Brindisi, a port town in Puglia, 形成的区域 “脚跟” 的 southeastern Italy. There was no sign that members of his family who were in Italy at the time joined him.

Prosecutors announced Sunday that police had detained the Canadian-born director, screenwriter and producer for investigation of alleged aggravated sexual violence and aggravated personal injuries.

State TV and other Italian media said the alleged victim is a 30-year-old Englishwoman who had known Haggis before he came to the tourist town of Ostuni to participate in an arts festival.

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Haggis co-wrote, directed and produced “碰撞,” which won the 2006 Academy Awards for best picture and best screenplay. He also wrote the screenplay for “百万美元宝贝,” 另一个 奥斯卡奖得主.

Canadian-born film director Paul Haggis, 中央, arrives with his lawyer Michele Laforgia at Brindisi law court in southern Italy, 星期三, 六月 22, 2022, to be heard by prosecutors investigating a woman's allegations he had sex with her without her consent over the course of two days. Under Italian law, a judge, after hearing arguments from both prosecutors and defense lawyers, will rule on whether Haggis can be set free pending possible additional investigation. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)

Canadian-born film director Paul Haggis, 中央, arrives with his lawyer Michele Laforgia at Brindisi law court in southern Italy, 星期三, 六月 22, 2022, to be heard by prosecutors investigating a woman’s allegations he had sex with her without her consent over the course of two days. Under Italian law, a judge, after hearing arguments from both prosecutors and defense lawyers, will rule on whether Haggis can be set free pending possible additional investigation. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta) ((AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta))

He has had legal problems in recent years stemming from sexual misconduct accusations by four women in 美国.

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In Italy, a judge, after hearing arguments from both prosecutors and defense lawyers, is expected to rule Wednesday on whether Haggis should be freed from custody pending possible additional investigation.

Canadian-born film director Paul Haggis arrives at Brindisi law court in southern Italy, 星期三, 六月 22, 2022, to be heard by prosecutors investigating a woman's allegations he had sex with her without her consent over the course of two days. Under Italian law, a judge, after hearing arguments from both prosecutors and defense lawyers, will rule on whether Haggis can be set free pending possible additional investigation. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)

Canadian-born film director Paul Haggis arrives at Brindisi law court in southern Italy, 星期三, 六月 22, 2022, to be heard by prosecutors investigating a woman’s allegations he had sex with her without her consent over the course of two days. Under Italian law, a judge, after hearing arguments from both prosecutors and defense lawyers, will rule on whether Haggis can be set free pending possible additional investigation. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta) ((AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta))

The judge could also decide to order him kept jailed or under house arrest.

Canadian-born film director Paul Haggis, 对, arrives with his lawyer Federico Straziota at Brindisi law court in southern Italy, 星期三, 六月 22, 2022, to be heard by prosecutors investigating a woman's allegations he had sex with her without her consent over the course of two days. Under Italian law, a judge, after hearing arguments from both prosecutors and defense lawyers, will rule on whether Haggis can be set free pending possible additional investigation. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)

Canadian-born film director Paul Haggis, 对, arrives with his lawyer Federico Straziota at Brindisi law court in southern Italy, 星期三, 六月 22, 2022, to be heard by prosecutors investigating a woman’s allegations he had sex with her without her consent over the course of two days. Under Italian law, a judge, after hearing arguments from both prosecutors and defense lawyers, will rule on whether Haggis can be set free pending possible additional investigation. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta) ((AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta))

Haggis’ U.S.-based attorney, Priya Chaudhry, told The Associated Press on Sunday that although she could not discuss the evidence under Italian law, “我相信所有针对先生的指控都将被驳回. 哈吉斯. 他是完全无辜的, and willing to fully cooperate with the authorities so the truth comes out quickly.

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