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Paul Haggis Found Liable On All Counts In New York Rape Civil Trial

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A New York jury today found filmmaker Paul Haggis liable on all three counts of rape and sexual abuse in his treatment of Haleigh Breest, who left a party in Manhattan with him in 2013 and then sued the Oscar winner in 2017 claiming he repeatedly forced sex on her in his apartment that night.  RELATED: Paul Haggis Sexual Assault Civil Trial: Deadline’s Complete Coverage The unanimous jury of four men and two women — whose makeup changed on the first day of deliberations — deliberated for nearly six hours before awarding Breest $7.5 million in compensation.

It also recommended punitive damages, the amount of which will be decided Monday. Seated between his lawyers, Haggis looked straight ahead as the verdicts were read.

It was the latest judgment in a spate of cases growing out of a #MeToo movement that has called out powerful men in the entertainment industry as sexual abusers.

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