Paul Haggins with his Oscar statuettes


After a civil trial that has lasted three weeks, Paul Haggis, Oscar winner for the movie ‘Crash’, has been convicted in New York of being responsible for the rape and sexual abuse of Haleigh Breest in 2013as reported Variety. Breest, who was 26 years old when the events occurred, took the step of denouncing the director in 2017 and has finally seen a resolution in his favor. “I am grateful that I had the opportunity to seek justice and accountability from a jury and that the jury followed the facts and believed me.”Breest said.

Haleigh Breest decided to denounce the director in 2017 for forcing her to perform oral sex on her and then raping her in her apartment in New York. Breest recounted in his testimony, which lasted several hours, that he was then working as a film publicist and reluctantly agreed to have a drink at the director’s apartment after he will refuse to meet in a public placeas she had suggested. Haggis, for his part, claimed not to remember having sex with her, beyond oral sexwhich in his opinion had been consensual and even voluntarily initiated by Breest, who according to him had told him that he was very good at it.

The judge has reproduced fragments of the original statements of Haggis and Breest in video format. In his, Haggis initially denied penetrating Breest’s vagina.. He later said that “I certainly could have”claiming: “My fondest memory is falling asleep after having oral sex, but that’s because I can’t swear what happened next. I don’t know if it happened or not. I have no recollection.”

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Haggis’s lawyer had suggested that what Breest was looking for was “revenge and money”alleging that for her it was not about justice, but about “a blatant misappropriation of money”. According to the lawyer, the lawsuit had “completely destroyed [la carrera de Haggis], but for Haleigh, this case is about money. It’s a payday”. However, in his testimony Breest has claimed that he only decided to take the step of suing when Haggis publicly condemned Harvey Weinstein. after his allegations of sexual assault, that same year. “I want Paul Haggis to be held accountable that what he did to me was wrong”declared Breest last month. Five years after the complaint, and almost a decade after the events, the verdict of the jury, made up of four men and two women, has found Haggis guilty of the three counts of rape and sexual abuse.

It’s not the only one

Since Breest’s testimony, scores of women have testified about Haggis’ aggressive and threatening behavior, including Angelina Jolie and Léa Seydoux. On more than one occasion, his behavior had led to sexual assault.

In 2018, three women broke their silence, motivated by Haleigh Breest’s lawsuit and also denounced Haggis for sexual abuse and, in the case of one of them, rape. One of the three women who testified about her claimed that she worked alongside the director on a television show in 1996. The woman recounts that Haggis forcibly kissed her in an office and, when she asked him to stop, he threatened her about her professional future. according to account The world, “He asked her if she wanted to continue working in the audiovisual industry. Next, Haggis forced her to perform oral sex on him and then penetrated her”. The other two testimonies assure that Haggis harassed them and tried to rape them in 2005 and 2008.

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this June, the director was arrested in Italy after a woman denounced him for abusing her for two days. She was a foreign woman in a precarious situation whom she, after forcing her to have relationships during that time, left alone at the Italian airport.

“The greatest source of comfort through this five-year legal journey has been the support I felt from the women who bravely shared their own stories and let me know I was not aloneBreest concluded after the opinion.


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