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Mendel: Hoggard rape trial complainant questioned about texting about ‘blunt language’

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It was her last day on the podium, the end of a long and stressful week for an Ottawa woman who claims Headley’s first captain Jacob Hoggard repeatedly raped, strangled and slapped her when they met in a hotel room in downtown Toronto in 2016.

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And the end of the defense’s attempts to imply that everything that happened that day was part of an agreed-upon relationship was after she and Hoggard agreed on Tinder a few weeks earlier.

Her roommates in Ottawa and her friend testified that she was crying and stunned after returning from a November 22, 2016 meeting, two of them described how she was in obvious pain and had difficulty walking and sitting when they saw her the next day and told them that she had been violently raped by Hoggard.

But his lawyer pointed out that the whole thing was consensual.

“I want to ask you now about the text messages you exchanged before you met Mr. Hoggard,” defense attorney Megan Savard said as she came to the end of her questioning. “Did you two plan to have sex there?”

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“Right,” replied the woman, wiping her swollen and watery eyes.

“In your mind, would this be something like a one night stand? Didn’t you think of it as the beginning of a romantic relationship?”

She answered every question: “Correct.”

“In your text messages, you discussed what was going to happen when you saw each other. You talked about some sexual things you were going to do in the hotel?” asked the lawyer.

“Shout.”

“I suggest you talk about them using what I’ll call blunt language instead of romantic language,” Savard continued. “Was this almost a purely sexual transactional conversation?”

She replied, “True.”

And speaking of them frankly, do you know what I mean by that? And I talked about it a lot, every day before visiting the hotel.”

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Once again, I agreed.

“What were you going to do in the hotel that was the main topic of conversation? You only discussed each other’s sexual feelings, not any other kind of feelings and in your mind, was this a casual sexual relationship you two were embarking on?”

I agreed and agreed and agreed. And you want to scream, “So what?”

But for now, the witness seemed numb to everything – it was obvious that she just wanted it to be over.

Hoggard, 37, has pleaded not guilty to sexual interference in connection with a teenage fan when she was 15 and sexual assault causing bodily harm when she was 16 as well as not being found guilty of sexual assault causing bodily harm a few months later Ottawa is a woman who was in her early twenties.

Both women testified that Hoggard violently raped them, ignoring their screams to stop. The defense accused both of making the allegations as revenge against a star who had just used them for sex.

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During questioning of the complainant, the second complainant was constantly accused of lying – to the police about what really happened, to Hoggard about needing vaginal stitches and consulting a lawyer, and to the CBC, when she gave an anonymous interview in 2018.

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Savard confronted her with one of two different clips and suggested that she lied when she told the TV reporter that the assault was particularly painful because she was recovering from surgery “in a big way” – something she’d never told anyone else. On the stage, the complainant looked baffled – while agreeing that it was her, she denied saying anything about the surgery to anyone.

That’s because she didn’t.

She and the jury were told Friday that the person shaded in this CBC clip, their voice changing, wasn’t even her.

“It shouldn’t have been played in our experience at all. The speaker is not (the complainant),” Judge Jillian Roberts advised jurors at the start of the day.

“She was manipulated (to the complainant) by mistake. She didn’t realize she had made a mistake until later that night and when she did, she corrected the mistake,” said the defense attorney. We will explain the error to you.”

The little comfort that should be. But at least her testimony has been done.

The trial continues Monday.

mmandel@postmedia.com

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