Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard admits he lied in order to have sex and hide infidelity |  CBC News

Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard admits he lied in order to have sex and hide infidelity | CBC News

Warning: This article contains graphic content and may affect those who have experienced sexual violence or know someone who has been affected by it.

Prosecutors at Jacob Hoggard’s sexual assault trial on Wednesday noted that Commander Headley lied about his encounters with a teenage fan and a young woman, citing several other instances in which he lied to get out of “difficult situations.”

Over the course of more than a day of testifying, Hoggard, 37, admitted that he lied to the younger complainant in the weeks and months before they met at a hotel, told her he loved her and brought up the idea of ​​marriage and a future together so he could. have sex with her.

Hoggard also agreed that he lied to the second complainant – an Ottawa woman who was in her early 20s at the time – when he said he cared for her and was there for her as she asked for an apology during a phone call a few days after they met. . In fact, he didn’t particularly enjoy her company and blocked her number after that call, he said.

He told the court that he lied to the complainants to get them to leave his hotel room after each meeting. He said he lied to his partners, now including his wife, to hide his infidelity over a decade of touring with Headley, deleting sexual messages, photos and videos, and keeping women’s numbers on his phone under men’s names.

In her cross-examination on Wednesday, Crown attorney Kelly Slate noted that Hoggard’s account of consensual sex with the complainants was just another lie.

Hoggard and his wife, Rebecca Asselstein, arrived at the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice in Toronto on Wednesday. (Esteban Cuevas/CBC)

He replied, “I’m just telling the truth now.”

Hoggard, who was born and raised in lower British Columbia, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one of sexual interference, a charge referring to sexual touching of a person under 16.

Prosecutors allege that he repeatedly raped two women, one of whom was 16, in two separate incidents in the fall of 2016. The complainants, who traveled from out of town to meet him, were bleeding and bruised, the crown claimed. .

she did not agree

The complainants testified that they cried and said no during meetings in hotel rooms in the Toronto area.

The younger complainant, who first met Hoggard because she was a longtime fan of Hedley, testified that he raped her vaginally and orally and attempted to do it anally in September 2016. She told the court she tried to confront him at various points but was overcome.

The second complainant met Hoggard through dating app Tinder when the band was in Ottawa. She testified that she agreed to meet him in Toronto for sex in November 2016, but did not agree to what happened at the hotel, and told the court that she had been raped in the anus, vagina and mouth.

They both remember that Hoggard spat in their mouths and slapped them as “slut” and “bitch”. The first complainant claimed that he pushed her face into the pillows, making her breathing hard.

The second complainant said that Hoggard had betrayed her so badly that she feared for her life. She claimed that he once dragged her by her feet to the bathroom and asked her to pee on him, which she refused.

Hoggard is also accused of molesting the teenage complainant after The Headley Show in April 2016, when she was still 15 years old.

On the podium Tuesday, the singer categorically denied raping the complainants, saying that the two meetings were consensual and “passionate.”

Hoggard further denied that either of the complainants shouted or said no, and asserted that he relied on verbal and nonverbal cues to gauge his approval of both.

He acknowledged the possibility of some of the actions described by the complainants, noting that spitting, slapping, swearing, and urinating were among his sexual preferences. But he said restricting breathing and causing pain were not things he enjoyed.

Witness the limo driver

Hoggard also said that he had no detailed memories of the encounters, but had no doubt that they were consensual.

Prosecutors suggested on Wednesday that Hoggard, who has been accustomed to fame since Hedley’s rise to success in 2004, wasn’t in the habit of making people say no to him.

“She didn’t care, you still got what you wanted,” Slate said Wednesday in her cross-examination.

“It’s not true,” Hoggard said.

Meanwhile, the defense asked Hoggard how he could be sure the confrontations were consensual given his limited memory. The singer said that he recalled a positive experience, and that it was his practice to communicate with sexual partners.

“I know that’s how I treat people,” he said.

On Wednesday, the court also heard from a limousine driver who was driving the younger complainant to and from the Hoggard Hotel.

Stephen Wigoda said the girl was “very calm” as she walked back to her home north of Toronto, but otherwise seemed normal.

He also denied stopping at a break on the way there, the complainant testified, saying that he would have written it down in his log had they done so.

The crown prince and the defense are expected to present their closing notes on Friday, and jury deliberations could begin as early as Monday.


Support is available to anyone who has been sexually assaulted. You can reach crisis lines and local support services through this Canadian government website or the End Violence Canada database. If you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety or the safety of others around you, please call 911.

2022-05-25 21:34:23

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