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Paul Haggis appears in Italian court on suspicion of sexual assault

A British woman who accused Canadian-born screenwriter and director Paul Haggis of two cases of sexual assault was a judge in a court in Brindisi, southern Italy, Wednesday night. Appeared in front of. She examined for over 8 hours.

 Female, 28, Haggis, 59, and her lawyer attended the preliminary hearing. There, was presented with early evidence so that the judge could decide whether to continue . trial.

Haggis was arrested in Brindisi on June 19, four days after a woman was found wandering in turmoil at a city airport at dawn.

She reported a haggis in rape, had a physical examination at the hospital, and spent almost a week in a safe home for victims of abuse, police said.

Police told the CBC News She flew to Brindisi to meet Haggis in the nearby tourist city of Ostuni in the heel-shaped area of ​​Puglia.

The town hosted the Allora Film Festival, where Haggis played a central role in organizing and attracting celebrities such as Marisa Tomei, Jeremy Iron, Matt Dillon, and Oliver Stone.

House arrest

Police said the woman and Haggis met at another film festival in late April and came to Ostuni hoping to work with him.

Instead, according to police, Haggis forced her into unsolicited sex twice when she shared B&B's room from June 12th to 15th.

Haggis claims that sex is consensus.

"The young woman confirmed her accusations without hesitation or with certainty," plaintiff lawyer Claudio Strata said after a private inquiry on Wednesday night. I told reporters.

Strata said a long hearing that ended around midnight left his client tired.

Haggis lawyer Michele Laforgia told CBC News that "all parties could ask her, and eventually her judge also asked." 

"In our opinion, the hearing confirmed that Mr. Haggis was not sexually assaulted," she added. 

Laforgia told reporters that Haggis took notes throughout the hearing when the woman was interrogated.

Last week, Haggis appeared in front of the same judge and oversaw the preliminary investigation. Vilma Gilli talked about his version of the event that hasn't happened yet. Available to the petitioner and her lawyer.

"I don't know anything about the Haggis version," Strata said. "We only had access to the first records of police complaints, medical certificates, and hotel staff statements."

Laforgia once again asked Gili to release Haggis from her house arrest. Said. He is the decision he expects to come in the next few days.

Haggis is staying in a high-end farmhouse on the outskirts of Ostuni and can only be seen by his family and legal team.

Gili decided last week to keep from to under house arrest, and , based on the testimony of a woman, Haggis " I showed that I could never control it. " His instinct and a break from prejudice and dominance.

In her decision, she also cited a pending civil lawsuit, including a rape accusation against Haggis in New York.

spokeswoman Haley Brest has allegedly raped Haggis after the January 2013 movie premiere. The trial is scheduled to begin on October 11. Haggis calls this case an attempted rape.

Three other women in the United States have accused Haggis of sexual assault. Haggis says the encounter has reached an agreement. 

Haggis was born in London, Ontario, and began working on Hollywood's temporary television in the 1980s. He wrote and directed the Academy Award-winning 2004 film Crash, , and also wrote the script forMillion Dollar Baby,since 2004. I wrote.