BRINDISI, Italy — A decide in southern Italy on Wednesday was weighing whether or not Academy Award-winning movie director Paul Haggis ought to go free whereas Italian prosecutors examine a lady’s allegations that he had intercourse along with her over two days with out her consent.
Haggis’ lawyer, Michele Laforgia, mentioned after the listening to Wednesday in Brindisi courthouse that his shopper reiterated his whole innocence and is in “hopeful expectation” that he will likely be finally vindicated.
Decide Vilma Giil was anticipated to subject her choice later Wednesday.
“Paul Haggis answered all questions and defined what occurred,” Laforgia advised reporters outdoors the courthouse. “He declared himself, as he had already executed proper after the detention, fully harmless, within the sense that the intercourse he had with this girl was completely consensual.”
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Whereas the girl’s allegations are investigated, the 69-year-old Canadian-born director, producer and screenwriter was ordered on Sunday to remain detained in his visitor residence in a farmhouse in Ostuni, a well-liked vacationer city in Puglia, the area forming the “heel” of the Italian peninsula.
Prosecutors have mentioned he’s below investigation for alleged aggravated sexual violence and aggravated private accidents.
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They didn’t instantly remark after the listening to, which lasted a number of hours.
Prosecutors have described the girl as younger and international. State TV and different Italian media mentioned she is a 30-year-old Englishwoman who had recognized Haggis earlier than he got here to Ostuni to take part in an arts competition that started this week.
Requested by a reporter what sort of relationship Haggis and the girl had, Laforgia replied that the 2 had had a “relationship of acquaintance.”
The lawyer mentioned the protection disputes a hospital report indicating that the girl had suffered bodily accidents.
“There isn’t a signal of harm nor signal of violence,” Laforgia asserted, including, “I imagine that they (the investigators) badly interpreted the findings of the emergency room” of a Brindisi hospital, the place the girl was taken after she advised authorities that she had been sexually abused.
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Haggis co-wrote, directed and produced “Crash,” which received the 2006 Academy Awards for finest image and finest screenplay. He additionally wrote the screenplay for “Million Greenback Child,” one other Oscar winner.
He has had authorized issues lately stemming from sexual misconduct accusations by 4 ladies in the USA.
On Sunday, shortly after Italian prosecutors introduced the investigation and detention of Haggis, he U.S.-based lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, advised The Related Press that though she couldn’t talk about the proof below Italian legislation, “I’m assured that every one allegations will likely be dismissed in opposition to Mr. Haggis. He’s completely harmless, and prepared to totally cooperate with the authorities so the reality comes out rapidly.”
As a result of Haggis doesn’t converse Italian, he submitted written statements in English to the court docket all through the listening to. Translations back-and-forth lengthened the length of the listening to, Laforgia mentioned.
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