Defending Paul Haggis

As the MeToo movement has highlighted over the course of the past year, there is no shortage of rapists and serial abusers of women in Hollywood. A few short months ago it was revealed that Paul Haggis was accused of sexual misconduct by 4 different women; two of whom accuse him of rape.

Indeed, in December of last year Haggis became headline news when he was sued for allegedly raping film publicist Haleigh Breest in 2013 at his New York apartment after a movie premiere.

For his part Haggis denies the multiple credible claims, even as the evidence against him continue to mount. Yet as Hollywood begins to shut its doors to predators with the same revulsion they showed Harvey Weinstein, there remains one very notable voice speaking out on Haggis’ behalf.

Tony Ortega.

In a recent post on his blog, Ortega offered up the glowing words of people supporting Haggis in an apparent attempt to provide cover for Haggis.

Like all of us, Paul Haggis is not perfect. Unlike a lot of us, he is truly a gentleman. A gentleman, with impeccable manners and a generous heart.”

– Mike Rinder & Leah Remini

“In all the years I have known, been married to, worked together with, and been Paul’s ex, I have never known anyone more generous, caring, or selfless than him.”

– Paul Haggis’s ex-wife, Deborah Rennard

Ortega goes on to cite Haggis’s defense attorney as he attempts to muddy the waters by raising the question of whether these substantiated accusations are merely false accusations fabricated by women with ulterior motives.

Why does it seem that Ortega always takes the side of the sexual predator?

Given Ortega’s vocal defense of the Backpage.com’s role in promoting underage sex trafficking, it comes as little surprise that Ortega would defend Paul Haggis. Perhaps Tony Ortega has finally found niche – taking a stand with those in power who would victimize women.

Another interesting question arises from all this… Haggis, who has long advocated on behalf of the people of Haiti has been so far tightlipped about the recent scandal in which UN peacekeepers there ran a child sex ring. Where is the support for the victims of these crimes? Where is the advocacy on their behalf?

Could it be because of Haggis’s connections with Tony Ortega whose wife Arielle Silverstein, as of this writing, still works for the United Nations? Perhaps Paul Haggis himself has skeletons to hide regarding what he was up to during his time in Haiti? Either way, the continued silence from the Ortega/Haggis camp on the UN peacekeepers child sex ring feels more ominous with each passing day.

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