Paul Haggis suspects Church of Scientology is behind sexual misconduct claims

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  1. Teanntás

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  2. Type4_PTS

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    Not only does Paul Haggis suspect that but when I was looking into the comment sections of a number of stories it was obvious that most of the commenters suspect that as well. Many hundreds of them!

    Here's a sample of some of the comments on Yahoo News:

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  3. Type4_PTS

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    Deborah Rennard Defends Ex-Husband Paul Haggis Against Rape Allegations

    EXCLUSIVE: In the wake of several women coming forward with sexual assault allegations against Crash director Paul Haggis — charges he has denied — the filmmaker’s ex-wife asked Deadline to add her voice to the narrative, in support of her ex-husband. Deborah Rennard, a former actress perhaps best known for playing JR Ewing’s loyal secretary on Dallas, was married 12 years to Haggis and they have a son together. She grew up in the Church of Scientology and privately left the faith around the time of his highly contentious exit from the church. She said the end of their marriage happened for other reasons, unrelated to the church exit. They still work together: she reads scripts submitted to him and they co-produce some projects. Rennard said the family has been reeling since Haleigh Breest filed a civil suit last month accusing the Oscar-winning filmmaker of rape, and two other women have come forward with misconduct claims. Rennard said that because that civil lawsuit will take at least a year to play out in court, Haggis has told her he cannot speak for himself. Rennard said that given the times she saw Haggis stand up for others, she could not live with herself if she did not say something. In this slippery slope where men in Hollywood are being defined by media reports as opposed to criminal and civil trials, it is impossible for any journalistic outlet to assign guilt or innocence. But it seems fair to allow voices from both sides to be heard. Here is Rennard’s statement.

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  4. Lurker5

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    That is my sense of the man, as his ex says. I suspect a frame. The co$ has done this before - Paulette Cooper, anyone . . .
    This may be the biggest :footbullet: ever fired by co$/o$a.
  5. Mimsey Borogrove

    Mimsey Borogrove Crusader

    Interesting article about Scientology trying to dig up dirt on Paul Haggis:

    "Exclusive: Oscar Winner Paul Haggis Suffers Retribution: Two Former Scientologists Say They Were Pressured to Help Frame Him with Women"

    "...Haggis is now embroiled in dueling lawsuits from a young woman who allegedly extorted him, claiming rape and demanding $9 million for her silence. Then more women — these, anonymously– turned up, making accusations but not following through in any other way. It was just bad publicity. Last week, the Hollywood Reporter carried a first person account from an anonymous woman, a broadside attack with no facts.
    Is this simply Scientology taking advantage of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements?
    The answer is Yes.
    Last week, I spoke to two former Scientologists–one a woman, the other her colleague– who’ve known Haggis for decades. They each worked for Hollywood guilds that Haggis belonged to – I promised not to reveal which ones. Each of these former Scientologists told me similar stories: a very high placed Scientology executive had asked them recently for dirt on Haggis. “Anything to do with women,” the exec said..."

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  6. IWantOffThisTrain

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    I am certain Co$ is behind these claims. The mere fact that none of these women have reported these "incidents" to the police is telling. One of the anonymous ones wrote a statement on the Reddit Scientology page, it doesn't make much sense and it reads like other statements the church has been behind. I haven't figured out how to do links on my phone but if google reddit scientology and go to the page it will show up there, anyone can read it and the comments but you have to log on to comment. Am curious to know what people here think about the statement...hopefully Mr. Haggis knows about the post.
  7. Churchill

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  8. guanoloco

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    What's telling, though, is the mistrust and horrible PR reputation that Scientology INC has.

    Even if Haggis is guilty people suspect Scientology.

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  9. triumph

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    Paul Haggis hires PI to probe publicist who accused him of rape
    By Mara Siegler June 7, 2018

    Oscar winner Paul Haggis has hired a private investigator to dig into the life of publicist Haleigh Breest after she filed a lawsuit against him claiming he raped her five years ago after a movie premiere.
    We hear Haggis, who first filed his own suit against Breest claiming she was trying to extort him, has hired former FBI agent Mark Mershon to look into her life.

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    Daily Beast
    Is Scientology Behind the Paul Haggis Rape Allegations?
    The ‘Crash’ filmmaker has argued that the Church of Scientology might be bankrolling his accusers, but the Church and his accusers firmly deny it.
    By Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast, December 23, 2018
    ast week, the legal team for Haleigh Breest, an entertainment publicist suing filmmaker Paul Haggis for allegedly sexually assaulting her in his New York apartment in 2013, issued a subpoena that invoked Donald Trump’s $130,000 hush payment to adult star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election.
    Breest’s team served the subpoena to the Hollywood talent agency CAA, which represents Haggis, and is seeking any and all documents and communications concerning the Crash director’s lawsuits and legal settlements, arguing that this is necessary “because settlement agreements involving sexual misconduct are often written to conceal their true subject matter.” Haggis, for his part, denied being involved in any such sexual misconduct settlement agreements, and his legal team has contended that this demand for correspondences is meant to cause his “total ruination.” They also referenced Haggis’ status as a Scientology whistleblower, claiming, “Such tactics call into question whether [Breest] has obtained outside funding for her litigation from parties with an interest in harming [Haggis].”

    Rinder, in an interview with The Daily Beast, expanded on why he thinks Scientology is behind the sexual-assault allegations against Haggis and has attached itself to the #MeToo movement to silence its critics, citing the Church’s history of attacking its critics, and his daughter Taryn Teutsch’s recent campaign against him—wherein she created a website accusing the former Scientology senior executive of assaulting her mother, Cathy Bernardini, and is demanding his firing from Aftermath. (Teutsch and Bernardini are Scientologists, and are “disconnected” from Rinder.)

    “Now, how do I know about the #MeToo movement? Take a look at what they did to me. My daughter runs around trying to attach herself to the #MeToo movement to try to get me fired by Disney,” Rinder tells me. “And that is an exact parallel—and an exact pattern—of what Scientology uses to try and destroy its critics. And I look at what happened with Paul Haggis, the timing of it, the facts that surrounded the circumstances (that he was the one that reported the shakedown effort from this woman, that she tried to blackmail him to begin with, that he went to the authorities), and I went, you know, this is just too much. I’ve seen too many of these things in my personal view, and with my personal expertise in Scientology.”