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Paul Haggis Admits to Having Oral Sex with Rape Accuser But Claims It Was Consensual

Paul Haggis is now saying he received oral sex from the woman who has accused him of rape but he claims their entire encounter was consensual.

Haggis filed his response in a lawsuit brought against him by Haleigh Breest, a publicist who claims Haggis raped her in 2013. The “Crash” director actually sued Breest first, claiming she tried to shake him down before coming forward with her allegations.

In his response, Haggis admits “that all sexual activity and interactions between the parties were consensual.”

Specifically, Haggis “denies that Plaintiff ‘gave [Defendant] oral sex’ forcibly or without her consent. Further, Defendant affirmatively avers that this sexual act was consensual.”

Breest alleged in her lawsuit the two had vaginal sex but Haggis denied that in his response. He also denies that he forced Breest to drink alcohol and denies that she “lost consciousness as a result of any act” of Haggis.

He describes the allegations as “shocking and scandalous claims of fiction.”

In his response, Haggis then goes on to claim to be a supporter of women’s rights and says “dozens of women who personally or professionally know Defendant have offered statements of support to demonstrate the baselessness of the allegation that Defendant holds a gender-based animus.”

He includes a sample from his housekeeper: “I am Paul’s housekeeper. I am at this residence every week, once a week for almost 3 years now. When I go to work, Paul is in the apartment with me and we are often alone. He has always been nothing but a gentleman and has never made an advance on me or made me feel uncomfortable in any way . . . . Never have I felt threatened by him in any way. When I heard of these allegations I was shocked because this is not something I believe Paul would ever do. He is in no way an aggressive man.”

He also included a statement from his assistant: “For close to 20 years I’ve worked with Paul Haggis as his assistant. Over the course of this time, I’ve worked closely with him in both offices and in his home. Due to the creative and demanding nature of our profession, our days often extended late into the night, and countless times I was alone with him. Not once did I feel threatened, nor did he ever act inappropriately. Furthermore, I’ve overseen the employment of all of his personal assistants, many female, who have also worked closely with him, and never have any come forward with complaints of violence or inappropriate behavior.”

Haggis is demanding the case be dismissed.

A judge has yet to rule.