Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis faces being EXPELLED by the Academy after a civil violation claim

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering whether or not to expel Paul Haggis after he was found responsible for raping his publicist.

A New York jury ordered the 69-year-old Oscar-winning screenwriter to pay Haleigh Brest, 36, $10 million in damages this week after she testified in a civil lawsuit that he forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Manhattan apartment in 2013.

An academy spokesman said the anklet that the board was now ‘investigating’ his membership.

“The Academy will address this matter in accordance with our Standards of Conduct and due process requirements under California nonprofit corporation law,” the spokesperson said.

Updated in the wake of the Me Too movement in 2017 to address any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination, the code states that the academy’s board can suspend or expel those who violate the code of conduct or who “compromise the integrity” of the Academy .

Haggis has been a member since 2005, a year after winning his Oscars for Crash and Million Dollar Baby.

He continues to deny the allegations by Brest and four other women accusing him of sexual assault, saying he would appeal the court’s decision and “die clearing” his name.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis could be expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after being found guilty of raping his publicist

Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis could be expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after being found guilty of raping his publicist

Haggis has been a member since 2005, a year after winning his Oscars for Crash and Million Dollar Baby (above).

Haggis has been a member since 2005, a year after winning his Oscars for Crash and Million Dollar Baby (above).

This week, Haggis was ordered to pay Haleigh Brest (above), 36, $10 million in damages this week after she testified in a civil lawsuit that forced her to perform oral sex on him in her Manhattan apartment in 2013.

This week, Haggis was ordered to pay Haleigh Brest (above), 36, $10 million in damages this week after she testified in a civil lawsuit that forced her to perform oral sex on him in her Manhattan apartment in 2013.

In its nearly century-long history, the Academy has only expelled five members: Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski, Carmine Caridi and cinematographer Adam Kimmel.

All but Caridi, of Godfather II fame, were expelled from the Academy over sexual assault allegations.

Caridi was the first person expelled from the Academy in 2004 for producing copies of the preview screening and sharing them.

The Academy began ousting high-profile predators in 2017, when the 54-member Board of Governors fired Weinstein, 70, who currently faces 11 counts of rape and sexual assault involving eight women in the Beverly Hills area. and Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013. .

The board has been remarkably careful when expelling Polanski’s members and suing the Academy in 2019 for allegedly failing to follow due process when expelling him. He ultimately lost the case.

The 69-year-old filmmaker said during the trial that he had suffered various financial losses over the years in property, bad investments, divorces and payments to the Church of Scientology.  He argued that he does not have the finances to deliver the $10 million to Brest.

The 69-year-old filmmaker said during the trial that he had suffered various financial losses over the years in property, bad investments, divorces and payments to the Church of Scientology. He argued that he does not have the finances to deliver the $10 million to Brest.

Pictured: Brest hugging his legal team after the jury read their verdict

Pictured: Brest hugging his legal team after the jury read their verdict

If he is removed from the Academy, it would be another blow to Haggis after he claimed he cannot pay for Monday’s court verdict.

I can’t live with lies like this. I will die clearing my name,” Haggis said after Thursday’s decision, adding that he would appeal.

Haggis’s attorney has since told jurors that he cannot pay the additional punitive damages the jury decided Monday, despite earning about $25 million during his 40-year career in show business.

Priya Chaudhry, Haggis’s lawyer, told jurors that her client has been “financially decimated” since Breest filed his case and “has no money.”

Brest, a publicist who met him while working on movie releases in the early 2010s, said Haggis raped her after an after-party in January 2013.

After the party, he offered to drive her home and invited her to his New York apartment for a drink.

Brest, 36, said Haggis then subjected her to unwanted advances and eventually forced her to perform oral sex on him and raped her despite her pleas for it to stop.

He said he suffered both professional and psychological damage from what happened and thanked the jury for their verdict.

In a statement after Thursday’s initial verdict, he said he appreciated “the opportunity to seek justice and accountability in court, and that the jury decided to follow the facts, and they believed me.”

The five people who have been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

In its 95-year history, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has only expelled five people from its ranks.

The first person expelled from the Academy was Godfather II actor Carmine Caridi, who was expelled from the Academy in 2004 for producing copies of the preview screening and sharing them.

FBI investigators had traced copies of The Last Samurai, Mystic River, Big Fish and other Oscar contenders to Caridi.

The Godfather II actor Carmine Caridi (above) was the first person expelled from the Academy in 2004.

The Godfather II actor Carmine Caridi (above) was the first person expelled from the Academy in 2004.

Following Caridi’s ouster, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was ousted in 2017, weeks after the allegations against him surfaced and he kicked off the Me Too movement.

Weinstein, who has denied all the allegations, is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for his crimes of assault and sexual harassment.

He currently faces 11 other charges of rape and sexual assault involving eight women in the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles area between 2004 and 2013.

In expelling Weinstein, the Academy updated its Standards of Conduct to expel any member who commits any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination or who “compromises the integrity” of the Academy.

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was ousted in 2017, weeks after allegations against him surfaced and he kicked off the Me Too movement.

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was ousted in 2017, weeks after allegations against him surfaced and he kicked off the Me Too movement.

With its new updated code, the Academy expelled actor and comedian Bill Cosby and Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski.

Cosby was ousted after being found guilty of sexual assault against former basketball player Andrea Constand in 2004.

The actor was eventually released from prison and had his conviction overturned, as he denied wrongdoing after multiple women also came forward with rape allegations.

In his case, Polanski was long marred by controversy after he pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977, when he fled the United States for France.

Polanski sued the Academy in 2019 for allegedly failing to follow due process when he was expelled, a case he lost.

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The Academy chose to expel Bill Cosby (left) and Roman Polanski (right) in 2018

The most recent member to be expelled from the Academy was cinematographer Adam Kimmel.

Kimmel, who has worked on films including Capote, Never Let Me Go and Lars and the Real Girl, was ousted in 2021 after reports surfaced that he was a registered sex offender.

According to arrest records, Kimmel was accused of repeatedly raping a 15-year-old girl in New York City in 2003, when he was 43.

He did 10 days of community service and was sentenced to 10 years probation plus 10 years on the sex offender registry.

he was re-arrested in 2010 and charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, two counts of risk of injury, and failing to register as a sex offender in Connecticut.

Cinematographer Adam Kimmel was ousted in 2021 after reports surfaced that he was a registered sex offender who raped a 15-year-old girl in New York City.

Cinematographer Adam Kimmel was ousted in 2021 after reports surfaced that he was a registered sex offender who raped a 15-year-old girl in New York City.

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