Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning director of ‘Crash’, convicted of rape and sexual assault

Paul Haggis has been discovered responsible of all three counts of rape and sexual assault those that had been accused. Oscar winner for crash has been convicted by a New York civil jury. The director and screenwriter had been accused of sexually assaulting Haleigh Breesta publicist, after a film premiered almost a decade in the past.

The jury deliberated for almost six hours, with 4 males and two ladies reaching a unanimous choice. Haggis must pay 7.5 million {dollars} (about 7.3 million euros) to the plaintiff. The quantity could develop subsequent Monday after the jury beneficial that punitive damages be paid to the sufferer as nicely.

The choice places an finish to a three-week trial and a case that has dragged on for 5 years. Breest took Haggis to court docket in 2017, claiming that the director had pressured him to carry out oral intercourse on her earlier than raping her in his condo in New York’s Soho. The publicist was freelancing at an occasion held in 2013 that Haggis attended as a visitor. The filmmaker acknowledges that the sexual act existedhowever insisted that it was agreed for each events.

[Detienen a Paul Haggis, director de ‘Crash’, por presunta agresión sexual a una joven en Italia]