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Paul Haggis Rape Accuser Testifies, “I Was Like A Trapped Animal” – Deadline

The sexual assault civil trial of Oscar-winning Crash writer-producer Paul Haggis continued immediately in Manhattan, with accuser Haleigh Breest again on the witness stand.

The veteran publicist continued to explain an evening in 2013 — she was in her mid-30s and he was in his late 50s — when Haggis invited her to his NYC condo after they’d attended the premiere of the movie Side Effects. According to the Associated Press, Breest testified immediately that Haggis tried to kiss her, backed her up in opposition to a fridge and requested, “Are you scared of me?”

She then went on give particulars of the alleged assault. The AP studies that Breest testified a few painful and terrifying assault that left her “really struggling to comprehend what had happened.”

“I couldn’t understand how somebody who seemed like a nice guy would do that,” she added on the stand.

Breest later testified that Haggis advised her, “You’ve been flirting with me for months,” the AP reported. She mentioned she replied, “I don’t even know you.” Later, she mentioned immediately, Haggis made one other sequence of sexual advances that ended with rape.

“I was like a trapped animal,” Breests testified, per AP. “There was nothing for me to do.”

Filed in 2017 because the #MeToo motion was gaining momentum, Breest’s lawsuit (learn it right here) alleges ““a shocking and egregious case of rape and sexual assault.” She is in search of unspecified damages.

Haggis has referred to as her allegations “outrageous and wholly baseless.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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