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Italian judge ends Hagis detention in sexual abuse case

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FILE - Director Paul Haggis attends the world premiere of "Spielberg", during the 55th New York Film Festival in New York, Oct. 5, 2017. Film director Paul Haggis was detained on Sunday June 19, 2022, for investigation of allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in southern Italy, Italian news media said, quoting local prosecutors.
File-Director Paul Haggis attends the world premiere of "Spielberg" during the 55th New York Film May 5, 2017, a film festival in New York. Film director Paul Haggis was detained on Sunday, June 19, 2022 to investigate allegations of sexually assaulting a woman in southern Italy, Italian news media quoted a local prosecutor. .. Photo by Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini / Invision / AP

ROME (AP) — Southern Judge Italy Ordered film director Paul Haggis to be released from detention at the hotel on Monday, and prosecutors decided whether to continue investigating whether he had sex with a woman for two days without her consent. His lawyer said.

Michele Laforgia told The Associated Press that his client, a screenwriter and Academy Award winner, said Haggis was still in Italy. The decision was made by Judge Burma Gili, who is based in Puglia, the region that forms the "heel" of the Italian peninsula.

Canadian-born Haggis, 69, was in June after a woman told authorities she had unconsensual sex with her for two days while in Italy to participate in the arts. He was detained by police in Puglia on the 19th. A festival in the tourist area of ​​Ostuni.

According to the lawyer, he declared innocence.

Laforgia says in a text message that the prosecutor is a young foreigner and a 28-year-old British woman by Italian media shows no signs of violence or abuse. Said that he had made a decision.

The court was closed on Monday night and Gili was not immediately asked for comment.

Corriere della Serra quoted from the judge's ruling and said he concluded that there was a "lack of contractile violent behavior" by Haggis. The judge also said in the judgment that the woman's decision to stay with Haggis was "voluntary," the Italian daily said.

On June 22, after hearing in a closed room, it was Gili who ordered Haggis to continue detention while the investigation continued.

The prosecutor did not immediately say whether to stop the investigation or proceed with the investigation after the judge's decision.

When asked if he would end the case, Laforsia replied, "Let's see what the public prosecutor's office will do at this point."

Haggis in the United States has other legal issues. In recent years, four American women have alleged his sexual misconduct.

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