Paul Haggis Denies Rape Claims By Publicist; Calls It “Public Hanging”

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After being accused of "a shocking and egregious case of rape and sexual assault" by publicist
Haleigh Breest today, Oscar winner Paul Haggis is fighting back in court against what he says were demands for $9 million payment to make "these outrageous and wholly baseless demands" go away. "There was no such 'violence, then or ever," says the Crash producer-director's lawyers at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP of Breest's claims of a 2013 assault at Haggis' NYC apartment…