Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis has been ordered to pay at least $7.5m (£6.42m) in damages for suffering after being found liable for raping a woman.

Jurors may also award plaintiff Haleigh Breest punitive damages in a hearing on Monday over the alleged 2013 assault.

Hugging her lawyers after the civil trial in New York, Ms Breest said she was "very grateful" for the verdict.

Mr Haggis, 69, denies the allegations and has pledged to "continue to, with my team, fight to clear my name".

As he left the courthouse accompanied by his three adult daughters, the writer of Million Dollar Baby and Crash said he was "very disappointed in the results".

Ms Breest - one of five women who accused the Canadian screenwriter of unwanted advances dating back to 1996 - said she was thankful "that the jury chose to follow the facts - and believed me".

In 2017, Ms Breest, a publicist, sued Mr Haggis, saying he had raped her at his home in the SoHo district of New York City four years before.

She alleged that he had pressured her to join him for a drink after offering her a lift home from a film premiere.

He then allegedly compelled her to perform oral sex and allegedly raped her despite her entreaties to stop.

In June, Mr Haggis was arrested in southern Italy on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault in a different case. He spent 16 days under house arrest before the case was dismissed.