A decide in Lecce, Italy, dominated in favor of Paul Haggis late Friday, discovering no purpose to proceed investigating a British lady’s allegations that the Canadian director sexually assaulted her in mid-June, in response to a press release from Haggis’ Italian legal professional.
Lawyer Michele Laforgia stated within the assertion that he had “presented irrefutable and objective evidence that the woman told multiple lies to investigators and the court, with facts and witnesses completely contradicting her story.”
The choice of the Lecce court docket got here after a decide in Brindisi, Italy, questioned Haggis’ accuser in early July after which overturned the director’s home arrest. The prosecutor had appealed the case to the upper court docket in Lecce.
Haggis — who was in Italy for an arts competition in Ostuni, the place he was scheduled to show a number of grasp lessons — was arrested June 19 and held at a lodge for 16 days earlier than being launched. The arrest got here after a girl, reportedly 30 years previous, sought assist after Haggis dropped her off at an area airport. She alleged that they had nonconsensual intercourse over the course of two days at an area bed-and-breakfast.
All through the ordeal, the 69-year-old “Crash” writer-director has maintained his innocence. The Occasions was unable to succeed in the girl or her authorized workforce Monday for remark.
“[M]y first mistake was allowing someone who I hardly knew to come and visit me. It was foolish,” Haggis stated in July in an interview with Italian information outlet La Repubblica, translated from Italian to English.
“The second mistake was on the last morning after an incident occurred that I personally found particularly unpleasant, I decided to end this situation; I took this person to the airport hours before her flight. I’m upset with myself for these errors in judgment but cannot comprehend that they resulted in false and damaging accusations against me.”
Haggis referred to as the accusations “devastating.” He stated he had lately gotten two jobs within the movie business after years of unemployment as a consequence of a civil lawsuit within the U.S. the place a New York lady alleged he raped her. After his arrest in Italy, he misplaced each jobs, he informed La Repubblica.
“Four judges have now ruled in favor of Haggis,” legal professional Laforgia stated in his assertion. “In the coming weeks, the reasons for the decision will be known and, therefore, so will the fate of the judicial proceedings pending in Italy.”
In a separate incident, Haggis and accuser Haleigh Breest, who alleges the director raped her at his house in 2013, lately bought a court docket date within the New York civil lawsuit. That case might be heard beginning Oct. 11.