Court docket testimony made by a 29-year-old girl who has accused Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Paul Haggis of sexually abusing her in Italy in June had “quite a few inconsistencies and contradictions,” in accordance with a sentence issued on Tuesday by judges within the southern Italian metropolis of Lecce.

The District Court docket of Lecce on Tuesday made public the complete textual content of the sentence which follows their ruling on July 30 to reject a request from prosecutors that Haggis be positioned beneath arrest for a second time over the unnamed girl’s allegations. Within the sentence in addition they mentioned it couldn’t be excluded that the accuser had “speculative intentions,” Italian information company ANSA reported.

Haggis, who received two Oscars for “Crash” and can be identified for writing “Million Greenback Child,” was arrested on June 19 in Ostuni, a location within the southern area of Puglia on the heel of the Italian boot, on expenses of sexual assault allegedly inflicted on the 29-year British girl over the course of two days in June. The 69-year-old director then spent 16 days beneath home arrest in a resort, earlier than being launched from detention.

Haggis’ Italian lawyer Michel Laforgia on Tuesday informed Selection that the prosecutor of the close by metropolis of Brindisi should nonetheless difficulty a remaining ruling for the case to be dismissed. However that is thought-about doubtless.

Haggis can be dealing with court docket proceedings within the U.S. the place he’s being sued by movie publicist Haleigh Breest, who alleges that Haggis raped her in January 2013. Breest initially filed go well with in December 2017, though proceedings had been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A trial date has now been set for Oct. 11 in Manhattan. Haggis says the encounter with Breest, which allegedly occurred after a premiere, was consensual. Either side have filed motions to exclude proof from the Italian trial from the civil trial in New York. 

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