Filmmaker Paul Haggis ordered to pay $7.5 million in rape case

A jury ordered Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis on Thursday to pay at least $7.5 million (£6.4 million) to a woman who has accused him of rape. in a number of MeToo-era cases that have brought Hollywood names to trial this fall.

The jury also decided that additional punitive damages should be awarded, but the amount will be decided later.

Joking from sex to red carpet socialization with Scientology, the New York civil trial pitted Haggis, who is known for his Oscar-winning work on Million Dollar Baby and Crash. most, against Haleigh Breest, a journalist who met him while working at a movie premiere in the early 2010s.

After a movie-show party in January 2013, he suggested she take the elevator home and invited her to his New York apartment for a drink.

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Journalist Haleigh Breest arrives in court (Julia Nikhinson/AP)

Breest, 36, said Haggis then subjected her to unwanted advances and eventually forced her to perform oral sex and raped her, despite her request to stop.

Haggis, 69, said the poster was flirty and sometimes “conflicting”, they initiated kisses and oral sex in a fully consensual interaction.

He said he couldn’t remember whether or not they had intercourse.

The jurors sided with Breest, who said she suffered psychological and occupational consequences from her encounter with Haggis. She sued in late 2017.

“I think I’m getting a ride home. I agreed to go for a drink.

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“What happened should never have happened. And it has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with him and his actions,” she told jurors.

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