Oscar-winning writer/director Paul Haggis has vehemently denied accusations of sexual assault levelled at him earlier today in an Associated Press report detailing allegations by three additional women.
The accusations follow a December lawsuit filed by publicist Haleigh Breest who alleges that the director raped her in 2013. Haggis denied the lawsuit accusations and counter-sued, claiming Breest was looking for a $9 million ‘ransom’.
These subsequent allegations came after the other unidentified women learned of the suit and decided to come forward with their experiences. One woman claims Haggis forced her to perform oral sex on him and then raped her. Another alleges Haggis told her: “I need to be inside you” before she managed to get away from him.
Christine Lepera, an attorney for Haggis, denied the latest accusations and said the right to confront an accuser: “has now been eviscerated when it comes to anyone being charged in the press with any sort of sexual misconduct. He views the fact that these reports appear to be spearheaded from the law-firm representing Ms. Breest, as a further tactic to try to harm him and continue their effort to obtain money.”
She adds Haggis is also questioning whether the accusations are driven by Scientologists that Haggis says have attacked him for years with false accusations following his very public separation from the church.