A choose on Wednesday ordered Academy Award-winning movie director Paul Haggis to remain under detention at his lodge in southern Italy whereas Italian prosecutors proceed to examine a girl’s allegations that he had intercourse together with her over two days with out her consent, Italian information reviews stated.
After conducting a listening to that lasted a number of hours in the Brindisi courthouse, Judge Vilma Gilli issued the ruling that extends his detention on the farmhouse residence in the countryside of Ostuni, a vacationer city the place he was supposed to take part in an arts pageant this week, Corriere della Sera each day reported.
Calls Wednesday night to Gilli’s workplace went unanswered.
The Ansa and LaPresse information companies stated Gilli had concluded that whereas the 69-year-old Haggis, who lives in the United States, 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 shopper, earlier than the choose, had reiterated his complete innocence and is in “hopeful expectation” that he shall be in the end 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, fully harmless, in the sense that the relations he had with this girl have been completely consensual.”
While the girl’s allegations are investigated, the 69-year-old Canadian-born director, producer and screenwriter was initially ordered on Sunday to keep 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 stated he’s under investigation for alleged aggravated sexual violence
Prosecutors have stated he’s under 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 identified Haggis earlier than he got here to Ostuni.
Asked by a reporter what sort of relationship Haggis and the girl had, Laforgia replied that it had been a “relationship of acquaintance.”
The lawyer stated the protection disputes a hospital report indicating that the girl had suffered bodily accidents.
“There is not any signal of damage 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 informed authorities that she had been sexually abused.
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 Dollar Baby,” one other Oscar winner.
He has had authorized issues in current years stemming from sexual misconduct accusations by 4 girls in the United States.
The lawyer additionally stated that Haggis had informed the choose that if his detention have been revoked he supposed to keep in Italy in any case so he might absolutely clear his identify.
Haggis “has each curiosity to be current” for courtroom proceedings and “to keep in Italy till his complete innocence is definitively ascertained, as a result of, naturally, his life right here and in the United States the place he resides is determined by that,” Laforgia stated.
Because Haggis would not converse Italian, he submitted written statements in English to the courtroom all through the listening to. Translations back-and-forth lengthened the period of the listening to, Laforgia stated.