“Being Accused Of Sexual Violence, Something That I Did Not Do, Was Devastating,” Paul Haggis Tells Italian Newspaper Over Italy Rape Allegations

director of canada Paul Haggiswho is currently trapped in the south Italy Awaiting the outcome of the investigation of the allegations sexual assault In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the allegations against him have been vehemently denied.

Oscar winning filmmaker was the first Arrested On June 19, while attending a festival near the port city of Brindisi in the southern Italian region of Puglia, a woman who had joined him accused him of having non-consensual sex for several days.

According to prosecutors, Haggis then accompanied the woman to Brindisi airport and left her in a “precarious physical and psychological condition.”

In his first major media interview since the case began, Haggis told La Repubblica that he had made mistakes but was not guilty of the charges against him.

“My first mistake was letting someone I hardly knew come to visit me. It was foolishness. The second mistake was made last morning after an incident that I personally found particularly unpleasant, I Decided to put an end to this situation; I took this person to the airport hours before his flight. I am upset with myself for these errors in judgment, but can’t understand why they leveled false and harmful allegations against me have been,” he said.

Initially placed under house arrest at a hotel in Ostuni, Haggis is now free to roam, but cannot leave Italy until the investigation is complete and a final decision has been made on whether the case will be heard.

Haggis said that while he had placed his trust in the Italian justice system to get to the bottom of the case, he was concerned that the trial could go on for years.

“There are some things I can’t understand, like how is it possible that in your country you can initiate and continue a trial, even if the allegation is not corroborated by clear evidence. I find it strange and unjustified That innocent people can be prosecuted for years,” he said.

“My lawyers explained to me that the trial in Italy could go on for many years. I cannot even imagine how much damage such prosecution could do to my family and my ability to provide for them,” he said.

A final decision on whether the matter will be brought up for hearing is expected in the coming weeks.

The La Repubblica interview also touched on the allegations against Haggis in the US and civil suit He’s Waiting For Her In New York, filed by publicist Haley Brest, who accused the director of raping her in 2013.

“I am still bound by the court order I signed almost five years ago and cannot disclose any evidence or information I have learned,” Haggis said. “The woman in the United States did not file a criminal complaint against me; she demanded nine million dollars from me to keep quiet about a one-night encounter we had agreed to five years ago.

The date for the US trial has not yet been set due to the backlog related to Kovid. Since the breasts went public, four other women have made similar allegations.