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Mendel: Accused rapist Jacob Hoggard admits he lied in the past, but not on the witness stand

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It hardly wiggles.

Like a sailor with a girl in every port, Hedley’s former boss Jacob Hoggard readily admitted he was a frequent liar who kept a roster of lovers across the country, telling them what they wanted to hear to get them in – and then out of – bed.

But he insisted he was telling the truth when it came to denying that he raped two of those conquests in 2016.

Wrapping up her pointed, if not exhausting, questioning, Crown attorney Kelly Slate summed up all the times the singer admitted to lying — Hoggard told the first complainant, only 16, that he loved her and they had a future together — just to win her trust and seduce her.

He agreed to intend to have sex.

After their sexual encounter at the Thompson Hotel, Hoggard told the second complainant, an Ottawa woman in her early twenties, that he had a meeting and she should leave. “Was that a lie?” asked the prosecutor.

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“Yes” he agreed.

When the woman later tells him she needs stitches from their sexual encounter and threatens to take her claims to a lawyer, Hoggard taps their phone call and tells her he’s very worried and really cares about her.

It just wasn’t right,” Slate said.

“No, it wasn’t,” he admitted.

Hoggard admitted to lying again during the call when he told the Ottawa woman that his phone was dying and that he called her later – but instead blocked her number. “You lied to get her off the phone and basically out of your life,” Slate said.

He said, “Ah, yes.”

Hoggard also agreed that he lied to his girlfriends about his infidelity, used Snapchat to delete sexual texts, photos and videos, and save the women on his phone with male names.

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Slate read: “You lied to (complainant 1), you lied to (complainant 2), and you lied to your long-term girlfriends.”

“Do you expect this jury to believe that the 16-year-old girl (the complainant) and (the Ottawa woman) agreed to your sexual preferences during their very short time with you?” The prosecutor demanded.

“Yes, of course,” Hoggard replied.

“Or are you now saying that they agreed to get out of another difficult situation?”

Hoggard said he never lost his temper, he was only telling the truth.

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But Slate painted him as a famous pop star who used to get his way – even when these two women told him no. “You didn’t care,” she said, “because you still go as you like.”

He replied, “That is not true.”

The married father of his 20-month-old son has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one count of sexual interference related to touching the back of the first defendant when she was 15.

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During the trial, the women—whose identities are covered under publication ban—gave tearful testimony alleging that Hoggard violently raped them, spitting in their mouths, slapping them and calling them derogatory names, ignoring their cries and pleas to stop.

Hoggard admitted to “unusual” preferences, such as playing with spit, directed “tapping” partners and calling them ‘sluts’ and ‘whores.’ While he told the court he did not have a ‘complete memory’ of the encounters, he asserted that they were consensual and emotional.

When an Ottawa woman confronted him with her accusations, he said he was shocked and after consulting with a lawyer friend, he taped their call and taped their texts.

“I’ve never been in a situation like this and felt like I had a target on my back all of a sudden, and I just wanted to protect myself,” he explained.

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If his memory was poor, his lawyer asked Megan Savard, how could he be sure that everything that happened was consensual?

“I know I make sure the other person I’m having sex with enjoys their time and on top of that, I won’t do anything to cause someone pain at first.”

The defense asked him to defend the crown prince’s accusation that he is now lying on the podium as he lied before.

“Honestly, I’ve lied in the past to get myself out of uncomfortable situations and cheated on my girlfriend and I hope she doesn’t find out. I’m not proud of that, but this is definitely a completely different ball game,” Hoggard said.

Closing arguments are expected to begin on Friday.

mmandel@postmedia.com

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