An Academy Award-winning filmmaker who is accused of rape in a civil lawsuit is the focus of new allegations. The AP reports that three additional women have come forward to accuse Paul Haggis of sexual misconduct.
Among the new accusers is a publicist who says Haggis forced her to perform oral sex and then raped her, the AP reports.
“One of the other women speaking out told The Associated Press that Haggis tried to sexually assault her. ‘I need to be inside you,’ she recalled him saying, before she managed to run away,” the AP reports. “Another of the new accusers said Haggis held down her arms, forcibly kissed her on a street corner, then followed her into a taxi. She said she later escaped his clutches.”
An attorney for Haggis is quoted in the story saying: “He didn’t rape anybody.”
“Haggis has denied the original rape allegation in a counter-complaint to the lawsuit, and said the accuser and her lawyer had demanded a $9 million payment to avoid legal action, which he characterized as extortion,” the AP adds.