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Paul Haggis Denies Rape Accusations

A publicist has accused the writer and director of rape, but he says her claim is "fiction."

Paul Haggis, writer of Crash and Million Dollar Baby, has acknowledged that he had oral sex with a woman who has accused him of rape. He says the encounter was entirely consensual. A lawsuit was filed against him by Haleigh Breest, a publicist who said Haggis raped her in 2013. The writer-director said the accusations are "shocking and scandalous claims of fiction,"The Wrap reports. Court documents filed by Haggis state, "All sexual activity and interactions between the parties were consensual." He denies that Breest "lost consciousness as a result of any act." Several women who worked with Haggis have spoken out in his defense. However, three other women have also accused him of sexual misconduct, including rape.

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