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Paul Haggis trial: Filmmaker told to pay US$10M in rape suit


Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis was ordered Monday to pay a further US$2.5 million in damages in a rape lawsuit, bringing the entire to US$10 million for a girl who mentioned he sexually assaulted her almost a decade in the past.

Jurors selected the extra, punitive damages after listening to testimony about Haggis’ funds.

The similar jury had already discovered that Haggis raped publicist Haleigh Breest and compelled her to carry out oral intercourse in his New York condo on Jan. 31, 2013. He says that they had a consensual encounter.

Breest introduced a civil lawsuit. Haggis wasn’t criminally charged in the matter.

The jury sided with Breest final week, awarded her $7.5 million in compensatory damages for struggling and determined that she was additionally due punitive damages. Jurors returned to court docket Monday to work out the quantity.

They received a fast course in film financing as Haggis was questioned about his earnings on such movies as Oscar finest image winners “Crash” and “Million Dollar Baby,” and the James Bond flicks “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace.”

While explaining the complexities of screenwriting compensation, he estimated that all through his 4 a long time in TV and flicks, he’s made as a lot as $25 million — earlier than taxes, brokers’ and different representatives’ charges and asset splits along with his two ex-wives.

The 69-year-old filmmaker mentioned throughout the trial that he’d suffered varied monetary losses over time — together with the destruction of a poorly insured house in the 1994 Northridge earthquake — however that Breest’s lawsuit wiped him out. He mentioned his authorized payments topped $2.6 million, whereas his profession abruptly dried up.

Except for some comparatively small gigs rewriting scripts, Haggis mentioned, “I will never work as a writer until I clear my name.”

Breest’s attorneys questioned Haggis’ claims of being broke.

“Nothing Paul Haggis says can be trusted,” legal professional Ilann Maazel mentioned.

Breest, 36, mentioned she suffered each skilled and psychological hurt from what occurred after she accepted an invite for a drink at his condo following a film premiere.

The Associated Press typically doesn’t establish individuals who say they’ve been sexually assaulted until they arrive ahead publicly, as Breest has completed.

Resources for sexual assault survivors in Canada

If you or somebody you recognize is battling sexual assault or trauma, the next sources can be found to help folks in disaster:

If you’re in fast hazard or worry in your security, it is best to name 911.

A full checklist of sexual assault centres in Canada that supply info, advocacy and counselling could be discovered at ReeseCommunity.com. Resources in your neighborhood could be discovered by coming into your postal code. 

Helplines, authorized companies and areas that supply sexual assault kits in Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia could be discovered right here.

National Residential School Crisis Line: +1 866 925 4419

24-hour disaster line: 416 597 8808 

Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline: +1 833 900 1010 

Trans Lifeline: +1 877 330 6366

Sexual misconduct help for present or former members of the Armed Forces: +1 844 750 1648

Read about your rights as a sufferer right here.



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