As a result, he was booted out of the festival he was currently attending.
As reported by Variety, the director is accused of forcing an unidentified young woman to have sexual intercourse with him for two days, following which she was allegedly assaulted and transported to an airport by the director, where the airport employees treated her before being transferred to a hospital.
In contrast, Haggis’ lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, testified on his behalf, disputing the severe claims, stating, “Under Italian Law, I cannot discuss the evidence.”
“That said, I am confident that all allegations will be dismissed against Mr. Haggis. He is totally innocent and willing to fully cooperate with the authorities, so the truth comes out quickly.”
The festival directors then went on to withdraw Haggis, who won Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay Oscars for “Crash” in 2006, from the event and “express full solidarity with the woman involved,” as per the publication.
“The themes chosen for the festival are, among others, those of equality, gender equality, and solidarity. As professionals and women they are dismayed and hope that the festival will help foster more information and awareness on such a topical and increasingly pressing issue.”