Oscar-winner Paul Haggis accused by 4 women of sex misconduct, including rape

Paul Haggis, who won consecutive Oscars for screenwriting “Million Dollar Baby” and writing and directing “Crash, ” has been accused by four women of sex misconduct, including rape.

Haggis was named in a civil lawsuit on December 15, 2017 by publicist Haleigh Breest, who claimed the married, 64 -year-old filmmaker raped her on Jan. 31, 2013 in a apartment.

The lawsuit spurred three more girls to claim and harassment by Haggis.

According to the Associated Press, one of the accusers claimed Haggis constructed her perform non-consensual oral sex and then raped her.

Another accuser said Haggis told her “I need to be inside you.” She said she was able to escape.

In separate interviews with the AP, the three new accusers provided detailed accounts of encounters they say occurred between 1996 and 2015. The girls were early in their careers in the entertainment business when, they say, the Hollywood heavyweight lured them to private or semi-private places for the purposes of the guise of discussing productions or a subject of a professional nature.

They all said Haggis first tried to kiss them. In two of the cases, they said, when they opposed back, Haggis intensified his aggression.

The new rape accuser said she was a 28 -year-old publicist working on a television show being produced by Haggis in 1996 when he called to ask to review photos from the show that night in her office.

“I thought it was odd, but I concurred. He was the ultimate boss. I didn’t feel inclined to say no, ” she said.

When Haggis arrived, she said, everyone else had left the office for the night and he insisted they speak in a back office. She said Haggis began kissing her as soon as they walked into the room.

“I simply pulled away. He was just glaring at me and came at me again. I was really resisting. He said to me, ‘Do you really want to continue working? ‘” the woman said. “And then he actually forced himself on me. I was just numb. I didn’t know what to do.”

Haggis’ lawyer told the AP his client is denying the new accusations, saying, “He didn’t rape anybody.”

“I was genuinely resisting. He said to me, ‘Do you really want to continue working? ‘”

– Paul Haggis accuser

Haggis has also denied Breest’s initial rape accusation in a counter-complaint to the lawsuit, and said the accuser and her lawyer had demanded a$ 9 million pay to avoid legal action, which he characterized as extortion.

Fox News reached out to Haggis and Breest but did not receive comment.

Haggis is also well-known for being an outspoken critic of Scientology, which he left in 2009. He is listed as currently directing the cinema “Lead and Copper.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report .

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