British woman who accuses Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis of rape ‘asked to be in James Bond’

A British woman who claims to have been ‘raped’ by Oscar-winning film director Paul Haggis has asked him to get a role in a James Bond film.

The unidentified 30-year-old was found in a state of distress last week and told police she was held at an Italian inn for 48 hours and abused by him before being dumped at an airport.

Haggis, who appeared before a judge on Wednesday, denied any wrongdoing and his lawyer Michele Laforgia insisted that the sex between the couple was consensual.

Haggis, who co-wrote, directed and produced Crash, which won the 2006 Oscars for best picture and best screenplay, is photographed with his lawyers outside the courtroom in Italy.

File photo: Haggis is pictured October 16, 2015 arriving at the Rome Film Festival

File photo: Haggis is pictured October 16, 2015 arriving at the Rome Film Festival

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A closed-door hearing took place at the Brindisi courthouse on Wednesday to decide whether the Canadian – who co-wrote Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace – should be released pending further investigation by Italian police.

A request for release from house arrest was later refused by an Italian judge and he will have to remain in Italy while the investigation continues.

Ahead of his hearing, local media released details of a seven-page memo he reportedly drafted to his lawyer, in which he claimed he had met the woman in Monte Carlo in April at a film festival and the two remained in contact. through WhatsApp.

Haggis stated that the pair spoke briefly in Monte Carlo and she expressed a desire to be in the next James Bond film and later posted a photo with him saying it was ‘an honor to meet him’.

He then described how the two met in Ostuni, near Brindisi, in June, and they went to his hotel, where she ‘kissed’ him passionately.

Haggis in the memo goes on to state that the two had sex after she took a shower, stressing that it was consensual and the next day they went out together before the Allora Film Festival in Ostuni, which he was attending as a guest with his daughter.

He told his lawyer that the woman had ‘insisted’ on holding his hand – which he said he didn’t feel comfortable with – and she was upset by his reaction.

Once back in the room he claimed the couple had consensual sex again, the next day Haggis said he left her because he had a business commitment and she met up with friends before that night they met again, according to her leaked statement where they once again had consensual sex.

In mid-June, he claimed the woman had gone out with friends again, but came back drunk and tried to have sex with him, but he refused and began to describe how she would be the next Bond girl.

The statement goes on to claim that the next day, early in the morning, Haggis took the woman to Brindisi airport for her flight back to Stansted, where she asked for money, but he refused and walked away.

Haggis wrote the screenplays for Daniel Craig's blockbusters Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, and won an Oscar for the screenplay for the 2004 hit Crash.

Haggis wrote the screenplays for Daniel Craig’s blockbusters Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, and won an Oscar for the screenplay for the 2004 hit Crash.

Later the team found her in a state of distress and the police were called and she told them that she had been locked up for the past three days and forced to have sex with Haggis.

The officer tracked him to his hotel and he was placed under house arrest pending his appearance before Judge Vanda Gilli today.

Laforgia insisted that officers had “misinterpreted” the findings of the medical report and that, in fact, the couple knew each other and the sex was consensual.

Haggis co-wrote, directed and produced Crash, which won the 2006 Oscars for best picture and best screenplay. He also wrote the screenplay for Million Dollar Baby, another Oscar winner.

He has been in legal trouble in recent years stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct by four women in the United States, which have yet to be decided in court and which Haggis has denied.

An outside view of the Brindisi courthouse, with the judge set to decide whether Haggis can be released pending a possible further investigation

An outside view of the Brindisi courthouse, with the judge set to decide whether Haggis can be released pending a possible further investigation

Haggis, who co-wrote, directed and produced Crash, which won the Oscars for best picture and best screenplay in 2006, is photographed with his lawyers outside the courtroom in Italy Haggis is photographed examining metal detectors at the courthouse in Brindisi, southern Italy. Italy

Haggis, who co-wrote, directed and produced Crash, which won the Oscars for best picture and best screenplay in 2006, is photographed with his lawyers outside the courtroom in Italy Haggis is photographed examining metal detectors at the courthouse in Brindisi, southern Italy. Italy

Last night, Judge Vanda Gilli ruled that he would have to remain in Italy and a new hearing later this month with the woman who was also instructed to remain in the country.

Laforgia told Mail Online: ‘The judge ordered Mr. Haggis was kept under house arrest, but it should be noted that the order notes, as it has always insisted, there is no evidence on medical examination of physical injuries.

“We also emphasize once again that the accused completely denies the charges and that we hope that clarity will be swift and he will be released as a result.

‘Mr. Haggis has answered all the questions the judge has asked him and has help that he is willing to stay in the country as long as it takes to prove his innocence.’

He added: the defender ‘Paul Haggis’ denies that the text partially published in a newspaper corresponds to the statements that the suspect will make in the interrogation before the Preliminary Investigation Judge of Brindisi.

‘The sentences quoted were extrapolated from a confidential and confidential note sent by Mr. Haggis before his arrest, in open breach of the confidentiality of private communications and correspondence protected by criminal law, the Italian Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

‘For this violation, Mr. Haggis reserves all actions to protect his rights before the proper authorities.’

Haggis is accused of sexual assault.

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