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Paul Haggis allegedly blocks accusers from providing testimony

Legal professionals for Oscar-winning director and accused rapist Paul Haggis are dodging taking depositions from two of his different alleged victims as a result of his camp is aware of the ladies’s statements might be damaging, based on new court docket papers.

The allegation got here because the paperwork revealed {that a} fifth lady is now accusing Haggis of intercourse abuse, too.

“Paul Haggis is trying to stop the other women he has sexually assaulted from providing testimony in this case,” wrote Zoe Salzman, the lawyer for plaintiff publicist Haleigh Breest, who filed a lawsuit towards the “Crash” director for allegedly raping her in her Mercer Road residence in 2013.

After Breest filed her 2017 lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom, 4 further ladies — together with one new alleged sufferer simply revealed by Salzman within the newest court docket papers — got here ahead with their very own reputed tales of sexual abuse by the “Million Dollar Baby” screenwriter.

Breest’s legal professionals have been making an attempt to schedule two of the ladies — who might be touring from Canada — for depositions, however Haggis’s legal professionals have rejected all of the July dates they put ahead. Salzman says it’s as a result of they don’t need the damning testimony to return into the case.

“Haggis’s lawyers have repeatedly told us that they will file a motion for a protective order to stop these depositions,” Salzman wrote in her new movement.

The primary three nameless accusers to return ahead following Breest’s swimsuit all claimed to have labored and met Haggis within the leisure business, based on court docket papers.

One of many ladies says she was raped by Haggis in 1994 in Canada, and the opposite two ladies claimed Haggis acquired sexually aggressive with them earlier than they managed to get away.

No additional particulars had been instantly accessible on the fourth nameless sufferer.

“The testimony these witnesses have to offer is very important: they can help establish a pattern of gender motivated violence by Defendant,” reads Salzman’s movement.

“Haggis should not be allowed to stop these depositions,” Salzman stated.

However Haggis’s lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, stated, “There is merely a scheduling conflict, but once again, Breest’s lawyers are grandstanding in the media.”

“We have never tried to dodge anything. They have known full well that Paul Haggis is not available in July, as he will be abroad raising money for a charity in Haiti,” Chaudhry added.

However Salzman’s court docket papers say Haggis “has already agreed to join these depositions by video link, rather than in person, so his travel in July is irrelevant.”

Haggis filed a $9 million defamation swimsuit towards Breest however determined to let it go after a decide dismissed the case.

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