Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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The long list of powerful Hollywood men being accused of sexual misconduct now includes a top-flight Canadian-born filmmaker.

A civil lawsuit charges Paul Haggis with raping a publicist.

It has also prompted three other women to come forward with their own sexual misconduct accusations against the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

One of the new accusers says Haggis forced her to perform oral sex, then raped her.

Two other women allege they were able to escape his advances.

The publicist is the only one so far to take legal action, and Haggis is countersuing her, claiming extortion. (The Associated Press)



Playwright and author Ann-Marie MacDonald says she experienced "exploitation, bullying and harassment'' while working as an actress with Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Company in 2009.

MacDonald has published a letter on Facebook recounting her experiences while staging "Top Girl,'' a high-profile production launched by one of the country's leading theatre companies.

She alleges Soulpepper leaders laughed off her concerns about a fundraising event where dinners with female cast members were auctioned off.

Soulpepper founder Albert Schultz earlier resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations, but he denies any wrongdoing. (The Canadian Press)



Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen is apologizing to female actresses for inappropriate conduct while he directed a production of the musical "Hair'' in Florida three years ago.

The apology on Twitter came a day after the New York Daily News reported several actresses at The Venice Theatre alleged sexual misconduct by Vereen.

He won a Tony for his work in "Pippin'' and starred in the landmark T-V miniseries, "Roots.''

He also appeared in the original cast of "Hair." (The Associated Press)



U-S federal authorities have imposed the maximum allowable fines on a film company in the on-set death of a stuntman for the zombie series, "The Walking Dead. …

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