Italian authorities have detained Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Paul Haggis for investigating allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in southern Italy, according to the Associated Press, quoting Italian news media via local prosecutors.
Haggis spent more than 20 years in television, before moving into feature films. He became the first screenwriter to garner two Best Film Academy Awards back-to-back for his scripts Million Dollar Baby (2004), directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash (2005).
His other films include Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, the latter for which he earned his third Best Screenplay Oscar nomination. He also co-wrote the James Bond film Casino Royale.
Haggis is currently codirecting a feature length documentary on the AIDS crisis in San Francisco, 5B.