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Four women accuse Oscar winner Paul Haggis of sexual misconduct, including two rapes – The Denver Post

Three new women have accused filmmaker Paul Haggis of sexual misconduct, the Associated Press reported Friday afternoon. The accusations follow a civil lawsuit filed in December against Haggis, 64, by New York publicist Haleigh Breest, who says he raped her in 2013.

Haggis is best known as the director, producer and co-writer of 2004’s “Crash,” which netted him two Oscars, for writing and best picture. He was also nominated for writing “Million Dollar Baby” and co-writing “Letters From Iwo Jima,” and he recently directed the 2015 HBO miniseries “Show Me a Hero.”

The new accusers, who were in their late 20s or 30s when the incidents reportedly occurred, all told the AP that Haggis tried to forcibly kiss them. One woman said he attempted to sexually assault her in the late 2000s, and another said he followed her into a taxi after forcibly kissing her on a street corner in 2015. (She told the AP that she managed to escape, though he harassed her via text messages until she blocked him.)

The third, who worked as a publicist in 1996 on a TV show Haggis produced, said he forced her to perform oral sex and then raped her after their colleagues had left work for the night.

“I just pulled away. He was just glaring at me and came at me again. I was really resisting,” the third woman told the AP. “He said to me, ‘Do you really want to continue working?’ And then he really forced himself on me. I was just numb.”

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