Paul Haggis -- better known as the director of the Oscar winning film "Crash" -- accused of sexual misconduct and rape by multiple women

Paul Haggis -- better known as the director of the Oscar winning film "Crash" -- has been accused of sexual misconduct and rape by multiple women.

In early December 2017, publicist Haleigh Breest filed a civil suit against Haggis claiming the director has raped her at his Manhattan apartment in 2013. Haggis who won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay Academy Awards in 2004 for his film "Crash", denied the accusation in a statement.

Now in a news story by the AP, three more women have come forward to accuse Haggis of sexual misconduct and rape. The new accusers, who say that the alleged encounters took place between 1996 and 2015, said that Haggis lured them with the prospect of discussions of productions or a professional discussion. According to the AP, the new accusers unanimously said that Haggis initially attempted to kiss them; two accusers said that Haggis became more aggressive after they spurned his advances.