Oscar-winning screenwriter-director Paul Haggis is latest to be caught up in #metoo controversy

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      Paul Haggis is an Oscar winner, former Scientologist, outspoken atheist, and the latest celebrity to be accused of sexual misconduct by several women.

      Three made allegations to the Associated Press about the Canadian-born screenwriter and director of Crash and screenwriter of Million Dollar Baby.

      They concerned encounters that allegedly occurred between 1996 and 2015.

      This comes after publicist Haleigh Breest sued Haggis last month. That prompted a denial and a countersuit by the filmmaker and screenwriter.

      Haggis's lawyer, Christine Lepera, told the Associated press that the 64-year-old "didn't rape anybody".

      The Associated Press report was released on National Screenwriters Day and just two days before the Golden Globe Awards will be presented in Beverly Hills.

      Host Seth Meyers isn't likely to ignore the #metoo movement's impact on Hollywood, which began with allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein and have since spread to Kevin Spacey and others.

      Many women at the Golden Globes, including award presenters, are expected to wear black to send a message about gender inequality in the film industry and to express solidarity with victims of abuse.

      Haggis has never won a Golden Globe, though he was nominated for best screenplay for Crash.