Paul Haggis wraps the testimony by saying he’s a “hugely broken person” but not a rapist – Update

Updated with more testimony, 4:33pm: Paul Haggis finished testifying Friday at his civil sexual assault trial in New York, saying he remains the “deeply broken person” who called himself in 2011. New Yorker Article about his exit from the Church of Scientology, but not a rapist.

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Haggis said when asked by his attorney, Priya Choudhury, whether his deep refraction included committing sexual assault. His last statement to the jury after three days on the podium was challenging a New York woman’s claim, Hayley Priest, that the Academy Award-winning director was behind it. Collide and Million Dollar Baby raped her in his Manhattan apartment in 2013. The two were at a movie show after a party for Side effects where Haggis was a guest and Brest worked in advertising.

Haggis spent the thirteenth trial day defending his consensual sex with Priest and his interactions with four other women who testified against him as being misunderstood or fabricated. He asserted that his former church – which had a reputation for secrecy and a history of retaliation from explicit former members – was implicated in Brest’s case, even as his lawyers told the judge and jury that there was no evidence Brest had any connection to him. Scientology.

Brest’s attorney, Ilan Mazel, demanded that Haggis show evidence of relations between his former church and four Jane Doe who testified that Haggis either assaulted them, or attempted to, in separate incidents between 1996 and 2015. Haggis publicly resigned from Scientology in 2009. His responses to Maazel ranged from “I have no way of knowing” to “other than what has already been stated” — referring to one of the women who worked for a business run by Haggis’ sister, Kathy Slevin, who turned on him. When he left the church. (The deadline does not specify any defendants other than the plaintiff.)

“Is it even a subpoena for the Church of Scientology for any documents?” He said isolated.

“You can’t,” Haggis said before Choudhury stood up to object.

His attorneys requested that actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini be put on a live video link when the trial resumes Monday. former star kings of queens He was a co-presenter of the Emmy Award winning documentary series, Scientology and beyond, which featured Haggis as a guest. By the end of the trial on Friday, it appeared that Rimini was still on the witness list, although the judge expressed concerns about the length of the trial after 13 days spread over three weeks.

In a trial with very different accounts of the same events, Haggis said that the woman who accused him of attacking her outside her Toronto apartment in 2015 was actually his date—though she told him she wasn’t romantically interested in him—and he dropped her off a taxi with a friendly goodbye. The woman, who is a freelance producer, said she spent two days at the Toronto International Film Festival keeping Haggis an arm’s length away, while also meeting him once for lunch, and swearing at him for taking a taxi she welcomed in order to get away. from him.

During questioning, Haggis said he offered to take the woman home or share a taxi with her. Mazel said that her address and his hotel room were in opposite directions, and that he got off the cabin in her building and sent her on her way. He then sent the woman several texts overnight and the next morning, only one of them replied with a “busy at work” response.

Didn’t you know she renamed your name from ‘Paul Haggis’ to ‘motherf*cker? ‘ asked Mazel, referring to the woman’s mobile phone contacts.

On Thursday, Haggis filed a credit card bill showing a taxi ride that night that he said refutes the woman’s testimony that Haggis threw cash at the driver and followed her out of the cab. On Friday, Mazel agreed that the credit card items didn’t show any times or tracks.

He admitted telling another woman at a 2008 meeting in his Los Angeles office that he was attracted to her, despite being married, and tried to kiss her. But he denied that he tried to force himself on her at any time. He said – as he did in his 2019 testimony – that just turning her head to avoid that kiss doesn’t mean she wasn’t interested in him. “It’s an indication that she didn’t want to be kissed at that time,” he said. He said he walked her to her car, and they broke up.

The woman, in an affidavit presented to the jury, said that she went to his office to talk about the idea of ​​amending the book and ended up fleeing the building in fear of being raped. Both Canadians, the two kept in touch via email afterwards and collaborated on an application for her US work visa that appeared to contain misleading statements about a future film role for the woman, who worked on television in Toronto. Haggis said any lies in the request were hers, not hers.

“You didn’t pay [the woman] Anything for this movie, right? He said isolated.

Haggis said he wrote her a text, but she “never called me back.”

The jurors also heard from Haggis’ 23-year-old personal assistant, Gyan Sardar Scheuer, who said she had bosses who sexually harassed her, but that Haggis had never harassed her.

Judge Sabrina Krause had hoped to turn the case over to the jurors for deliberation today, but the trial will continue through Monday, Krause told jurors, possibly Wednesday. “Unfortunately, we haven’t made the progress we had hoped for,” she said. The court is dark on election day. One of the three jurors supporting a panel of three men and three women withdrew from trial after today, Krause said.

Previously, at 12:48 p.m.: Paul Haggis squabbled with a lawyer on Friday over the meaning of a woman saying “no,” again explaining that when Haley Priest said “no” to him as she peeled off her tights, she wasn’t refusing to have sex.

“You didn’t say ‘no’ in the way one means ‘no,'” Haggis said in his 2019 testimony to jurors Ilan Mazel, Brest’s attorney, Academy Award winner. Collide The civil trial of the filmmaker’s sexual assault in New York. Priest says Haggis raped her in his Manhattan apartment after a screening party in 2013 where he was a guest and she was a publicist. She is suing him for unspecified damages.

Haggis’ lawyer said Friday that they want jurors to hear testimony from the former The star of the king of queens Leah Remini, as Haggis, is a former member of the Church of Scientology and a prominent critic of the organization. Brest’s attorney, Zoe Salzman, objected, saying Remini would repeat testimony from other former scientists.

As the jurors walked out of the courtroom, Priya Choudhury, Haggis’ attorney, called the duality argument “laughable” given that Brest’s attorney had recruited four women to testify that Haggis sexually assaulted or attempted to sexually assault them. Choudary also said that Remini – who won an Emmy for her documentary series, Scientology and beyondwhich featured Haggis as a guest – he might be sick with the flu.

“If we finish today, I won’t postpone it, because this trial must be over,” said Judge Sabrina Krause.

The judge added that she wants closing arguments on Monday because the court will be dark on Election Day Tuesday.

Haggis testified on Thursday that Priest was saying no to her dissatisfaction with her body image. ‘At that moment she started shivering and laughing and said, ‘No, no, I don’t want you to see me. I’m fat.’ Haggis told the jurors when Choudary questioned him: I said, “You’re not fat, you’re cuddly.” He said Brest helped him remove her tights after he turned off the light in the bedroom, and they had oral sex with her.

“No” doesn’t always mean no to you, Mazel said on Friday, so is that fair? Drawing an objection from Choudhury. Next, Mazel replayed a segment from Haggis’ 2019 testimony in which he talked about ‘texts and subtexts’ and put ‘the word in context’.

Mazel’s interrogation, which began on Thursday, offered the jurors a different context: Brest suggested they go to a bar instead of Haggis’ apartment, then agreed to go to his house insisting she wouldn’t spend the night, then cut a series of kisses in the apartment by saying: Must not”.

Mazel replayed a piece of Haggis’ sayings in which he said that when a woman says “I’m not spending the night in nothingness, it usually means we can have sex, but I won’t sleep here.”

Brest testified last month that Haggis cursed her, hung her on the fridge, forced her to have oral sex with him and undergo intercourse, and shove his fingers inside her because she repeatedly refused. Priest testified that she had never had any romantic interest in Hagees, but that she felt “pressure” to go home with him as a reporter working on film screenings and subsequent parties in New York or as a friend of Hagees who he often invited to attend.

Haggis’ lawyers cited texts and emails between Brest and her friends indicating that she wanted to see him again after the night she said she was raped.

Haggis testified that the two had been expressing “interest” to each other for months prior to the events and were “hilarious” and “playful” at January 31, 2013, at a party and later at his apartment.

Haggis testified that Brest’s objections to “I shouldn’t have been” were presented in a “kitten” manner that reminded him of the old female cartoon character Betty Boop. He also said that when Brest bragged about her oral sex skills, it reminded him of an animated female character from the movie. Who put Roger Rabbit. “The way she said it was kind of cool,” he said. “It was like imitating Jessica Rabbit.”

On Friday, Mazel posted illustrations of Betty Boop and Jessica Rabbit, two cartoon characters with exaggerated female bodies and revealing clothing, for jurors to see. Mazel asked Haggis if he was aware that Bob was a “sexist and degrading cartoon character” but was cut off due to a successful objection from Choudhury.

Eric Pedersen contributed to this report.


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