The publicist who accused Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis of rape says he is refusing to turn over routine information in her court case against him and she wants a judge to intervene.
Haleigh Breest’s lawyers filed the new motion in Manhattan Supreme Court, saying that “Haggis’ stubborn refusal to engage in routine discovery” has forced them to ask a judge to make the “Crash” director turn over all information on anyone whom he discussed the case or Breest with.
Breest’s lawyer, Zoe Salzman, told Page Six, “We have already had to file several other motions to compel Haggis to produce the most basic discovery in this case, as well as a sample of his DNA.
“Haggis appears to be determined to obstruct the quest for truth and justice in this case.”
But Haggis’ lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, fired back that the motion was “hypocritical” and a “press stunt.”
“Ms. Breest refuses to answer a nearly identical question that was posed to her. Her lawyers’ feigned outrage is absurd. This is another ploy to waste Mr. Haggis’ resources,” Chaudhry said.
“He looks forward to his counsel’s deposition of Ms. Breest scheduled for later this month, and to vindicating his rights in Court.”
Breest claimed in her lawsuit that Haggis — who wrote “Million Dollar Baby” — attacked her in 2013 in her Mercer Street apartment, ripping her tights, forcing her to perform oral sex and eventually raping her.
Three other women have accused him of sexual misconduct.
Haggis filed a $9 million defamation suit against Breest that he recently gave up on after a judge dismissed the case.
Haggis’ lawyers have said they want confidential parts of Breest’s case to be unsealed because they argue it will exonerate Haggis by showing that the sex between him and Breest was consensual.
Eleven civil rights organizations recently filed amicus brief support with Breest as Haggis is appealing a lower court’s decision denying his request to toss part of the case against him.
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