A judge in southern Italy on Monday ordered filmmaker Paul Haggis released to his hotel while prosecutors decide whether to continue their investigation into whether he had sex with a woman without her consent for two days, his lawyer said.
said Michele Laforgia Associated press that his client, who is also an Oscar-winning screenwriter, was still in Italy. The decision was taken by Judge Vilma Gili, who is based in Puglia, the region that forms the “heel” of the Italian peninsula.
Haggis, 69, born in Canada, was arrested by police in Puglia on June 19 after a woman told authorities he had non-consensual sex with her for two days while she was in Italy to attend an art festival. in the tourist city. Austin.
According to the lawyer, he declared his innocence.
Laforgia said in text messages that the judge ruled there were no signs of violence or abuse against the woman, described by prosecutors as young and foreign and by Italian media as a 28-year-old Englishwoman.
The courthouse was closed Monday night and Gill could not immediately be reached for comment.
Corriere della SeraCiting the judge’s ruling, he said he concluded there was “an absence of deterrent violent behavior” on Haggis’ part. The judge also noted in the ruling that the woman’s decision to stay with Hagi at her residence was “spontaneous”, the Italian newspaper said.
It was Gilley who, on June 22, after a closed-door hearing, ordered Haggis to remain in custody while the investigation continued.
Prosecutors did not immediately say whether they plan to drop or continue the investigation after the judge’s decision.
Asked if the case could be closed, LaForgia said: “Let’s see what the prosecution does at this point.”
Haggis, who lives in the United States, had other legal problems. In recent years, four women in the United States have accused him of sexual harassment.
Source: Hollywood Reporter