Paul Haggis, the director of the Oscar-winning film, Crash, found himself in trouble after four different women accused him of sexual misconduct, with claims ranging from sexual assault to rape. According to the Associated Press, Haleigh Breest filed a lawsuit in December which charged Haggis with rape, and three more women came out with similar stories.
One of the women told the Associated Press that Haggis raped her after he forced her to perform oral sex on him. Another claims the director said to her that he “needs to be inside” her before she managed to get away.
A lawyer representing Haggis said to the Press that he “didn’t rape anybody.” In the lawsuit documents obtained by the organization, Variety, the publicist accused him of raping her after he brought her back to his hotel room in 2013.
She charged Haggis with forcing her to perform oral sex after she repeatedly said no and he allegedly proceeded to “violently” rape her. She also stated that Haggis told her, “you’re scared of me, aren’t you?”
In the lawsuit papers, Breest’s lawyer stated that Paul is a man who hides behind a facade of moral virtuosity when, in reality, he is just another predator who takes advantage of young women for sexual exploitation.
According to the attorney, Haggis “takes pleasure” in the fear and pain caused in women, and Ms. Breest refuses to look in the other direction any longer. Following his denial of the accusations, the Crash screenwriter sued her in response and claimed she tried to bankrupt him by demanding a $9 million out-of-court settlement, according to the publication, Variety.