On Sunday, 19 June, Paul Haggis was detained in Italy on charges of sexual assault. Reportedly, she accused an unidentified woman of forcing the Oscar-winning film director and screenwriter, 69, to have sex with her for two days in Ostuni. He is now in the city, as the director was due to teach a master’s workshop with Edward Norton and Michael Nozick at this week’s ‘Al La La Fest’ film festival.
This isn’t the first time Haggis has been criticized for something. Several women have accused him of sexual harassment in the past. In 2017, publicist Haleigh Breest sued the director, alleging that she raped her in New York after a 2013 film screening. As a result of the lawsuit, three more women were charged with sexual assault and assault the following year. Haggis, on the other hand, has challenged all charges brought against him.
He also left the Church of Scientology and the high-profile church after accusing him of publicly supporting Proposition 8, which makes it illegal for same-sex couples to marry in California, according to CNN. He expressed his displeasure in a letter to Church spokesman Tommy Davis. “As the official spokesperson for the church, I have called you and asked you by e-mail to condemn their conduct,” the letter said. The letter was initially published on the blog of former Scientologist Mark Rathbun. “I told you I couldn’t be part of an organization that supports gay violence in good faith.”
What are the names of Paul Haggis’ wives?
In his life, the director was married twice. On April 9, 1977, he married his first wife, Dianne Christine Gettas. According to sources, Diane worked as a nurse and little is known about her love life. In 1994, after 17 years of marriage, the couple divorced. Diane has three daughters.
He married actress Deborah Rennard on June 21, 1997, after their first marriage ended in divorce. She is best remembered for her role in the movie ‘Dallas,’ where she played Sly Lovegren. They were married for almost 20 years, until they broke up in 2016.
What is Paul Haggis’ net worth?
‘Million Dollar Baby’, written and produced by Haggis, was his first major success in 2004. In 2008, the director bought a new home in Santa Monica for $2365,000. He bought a 3,000 square foot loft apartment in New York City in 2010 for less than $4 million. He previously owned a $2.6 million mansion in Santa Monica, California, which he bought with ex-wife Deborah Rennard. This home sold for $2 million in 2010. According to his director, Haggis received a legal bill of approximately $2 million in 2021 as reported to Variety. He claimed that he had taken out a loan on the Soho estate and had exhausted all of his savings.