Prosecutors suggest Hedley frontman lied about having consensual sex with teen, woman
Prosecutors in Jacob Hoggard's sexual assault trial suggested Wednesday that the Hedley frontman lied about his encounters with a teenage fan and a young woman, pointing to several other instances in which he lied to get out of "difficult situations."
Over more than a day of testimony, Hoggard, 37, acknowledged he lied to the younger complainant in the weeks and months before their encounter at a hotel, telling her he loved her and floating the idea of marriage and a future together so that he could have sex with her.
Hoggard also agreed he lied to the second complainant -- an Ottawa woman who was in her early 20s at the time -- when he said he cared about her and was there for her as she sought an apology during a phone call a few days after their encounter. In fact, he didn't particularly enjoy her company and blocked her number after that call, he said.
- Download our app to get local alerts to your device
- Get the latest local updates right to your inbox
He lied to the complainants to get them to leave his hotel room after each encounter, he told the court. And he lied to his partners, including his now wife, to hide his infidelity over more than a decade of touring with Hedley, deleting messages, sexual photos and videos, and saving women's numbers in his phone under men's names, he said.
In her cross-examination Wednesday, Crown attorney Kelly Slate suggested Hoggard's account of consensual sex with the complainants was just another lie.
"I'm only telling the truth right now," he replied.
Hoggard has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one of sexual interference, a charge that refers to the sexual touching of someone under 16.
Prosecutors allege he violently and repeatedly raped two women, one of whom was 16 at the time, in two separate incidents in the fall of 2016. The complainants, who had travelled from out of town to meet him, were left bleeding and bruised, the Crown alleges.
The complainants have testified they cried and said no during the encounters, which took place in Toronto-area hotel rooms.
The younger complainant, who first met Hoggard because she was a longtime Hedley fan, testified he raped her vaginally and orally and attempted to do so anally in September 2016. She told the court she tried to fight him off at various points but was overpowered.
The second complainant met Hoggard through the dating app Tinder while the band was in Ottawa. She testified she agreed to meet him in Toronto to have sex in November 2016, but did not consent to what happened in the hotel, telling the court she was raped anally, vaginally and orally.
Both recalled that Hoggard spit in their mouths, slapped them and called them "slut" and "whore." The first complainant alleged he also pushed her face into the pillows, making it difficult for her to breathe.
The second complainant said Hoggard choked her so hard she feared for her life. At one point, she alleged, he dragged her by the legs into the bathroom and asked her to urinate on him, which she refused to do.
Hoggard is also accused of groping the teenage complainant after a Hedley show in April 2016, when she was still 15.
On the stand Tuesday, the singer categorically denied raping the complainants, saying both encounters were consensual and "passionate."
Hoggard further denied either of the complainants cried or said no, and maintained he relied on verbal and non-verbal cues to gauge consent with each of them.
The musician acknowledged it's possible some of the acts described by the complainants took place, noting spitting, slapping, name-calling and urination were among his sexual preferences. But he said restricting breathing and causing pain were not things he enjoyed.
Hoggard also said he didn't have detailed memories of the encounters, but had no doubt they were consensual.
Prosecutors suggested Wednesday that Hoggard, who had grown used to fame since Hedley's rise to success in 2004, wasn't used to having people say no to him. Both complainants said no to him, they alleged.
"You did not care, you still got what you wanted," Slate said Wednesday in her cross-examination.
"That's not true," Hoggard said.
The defence, meanwhile, asked Hoggard how he could be certain the encounters were consensual given his limited memory. The singer said 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.
Court also heard Wednesday from a limo driver who drove the younger complainant to and from Hoggard's hotel.
Steven Wigoda said the teen was "very quiet" on the ride back to her home north of Toronto, but seemed otherwise normal.
He also denied making a stop at an ONroute rest stop on the way there, as the complainant has testified, saying he would have written it in his log if they had.
The Crown and defence are expected to make their closing submissions Friday, and jury deliberations could begin as early as Monday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 25, 2022.
Toronto Top Stories
CTVNews.ca Top Stories
The Bank of Canada's strategy of rapidly increasing its key interest rate in an effort to tackle skyrocketing inflation will likely trigger a recession, a new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) says.
A shooter fired on an Independence Day parade from a rooftop in suburban Chicago, spraying the crowd with gunshots initially mistaken for fireworks before hundreds of panicked revellers of all ages fled in terror. At least six people were killed and at least 30 wounded.
As Canadian airports continue to experience long lines, cancelled flights and even lost luggage, travel expert Natalie Preddie says there still are ways to ensure a less stressful airport experience.
The 17-year-old daughter of the Toronto Blue Jays' first base coach died in a 'terrible accident' while tubing in the U.S. this weekend.
A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory in seizing an eastern Ukraine province essential to his wartime aims, the mayor of a city in the path of Moscow's offensive warned residents Tuesday to evacuate ahead of an expected assault.
Two climate change protesters were arrested after they glued themselves to the frame of a famous John Constable painting hanging in Britain's National Gallery, the central London museum and police said.
Tamara Lich, an organizer of the 'Freedom Convoy,' is set to appear in an Ottawa court today for a bail hearing after being arrested last week for allegedly breaching one of her bail conditions.
Simple advice from a friend to stay near the door may have saved Yenifer Yulisa Cardona Tomás from the deadly fate that befell 53 other migrants when they were abandoned trapped in a sweltering semi-trailer last week on the edge of San Antonio. The 20-year-old from Guatemala's capital said it was already hot on June 27 when she stepped out of the warehouse on the Texas side of the Mexico border where she had been waiting and climbed into the back of the trailer.
The 30 NATO allies signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland on Tuesday, sending the membership bids of the two nations to the alliance capitals for legislative approvals -- and possible political trouble in Turkey.
Until now, Quebec has required patients to have ultrasounds before getting the pills that induce a medical abortion. In the rest of Canada, that measure was abandoned in 2019.
Amid chaos at Montreal's airport, some of the frustration is being directed at staff. 'People are insulting, or being very aggressive toward our crew members,' said a spokesperson for the Air Transat union.
A 26-year-old woman has died and three others were seriously injured following a crash in Laval Monday night.
OPP in Elgin County are hoping somebody may have some footage of vandals.
Huron County OPP are investigating a fatal single vehicle crash that occurred west of Exeter late Monday afternoon.
A 43-year-old Chatham man is facing several charges after reports of a stabbing and shots fired in Chatham.
What ended up being a false alarm saw Waterloo regional police respond to a weapons call at a Kitchener encampment with guns drawn on Saturday.
'The interest just completely faded after the arrest': Cambridge teen’s dream of going to NHL derailed by bullying, harassment, alleges lawsuit
A Cambridge family has launched a $5.5-million civil lawsuit against Victus Academy, an elite hockey prep school in Kitchener, and three of its students.
Up in smoke: Recent cannabis store closures in Uptown Waterloo could be signs of oversaturated market
Cannabis shops cropped up quickly across Waterloo region, but it seems some are now closing shop shortly after they arrived. At least one expert says the shift could point to signs of saturation as the heavily competitive fight for cannabis sales takes its toll.
At a special meeting of United Steelworkers Local 2251, membership backed its negotiating team in talks with Algoma Steel with a strike authorization vote of 99% Monday, the union said in a release.
Highland Park's police chief said the 22-year-old man identified as a person of interest in the shooting that killed at least six people, wounded at least 30 and sent hundreds of people fleeing from an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago on Monday has been taken into custody.
Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall was in contact with a key organizer of the Freedom Convoy anti-mandate protest, providing strategic advice before and after the Ottawa occupation began, according to court records obtained by CTV News.
An elderly woman has died after being hit by a garbage truck Monday morning.
Ottawa Public Health says Ottawa is entering a new wave of COVID-19, saying indicators show a rising level of transmission in the community.
The 12 days of trial running that Ottawa’s Stage 1 LRT line had to go through has become the focus of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Public Inquiry as it nears the end of public hearings.
A 43-year-old Chatham man is facing several charges after reports of a stabbing and shots fired in Chatham.
The average house price and sales are declining in the region, according to the Windsor-Essex County Association of Realtors.
Hot and humid conditions continue Tuesday in Windsor-Essex, Sarnia-Lambton, Elgin and London Middlesex as a heat warning remains in effect.
Chase Mariano's family left their east Barrie home for less than two hours and returned to find a broken window, bedrooms torn apart and a lot of valuable jewelry missing.
A day after a Nova Scotia woman shared her story about driving her son to the hospital after waiting for an ambulance, her provincial politician is calling for better services and accountability.
Whether its airlines, airports, or the federal government’s ArriveCan app, who to blame for the chaos facing Canada’s travel industry continues to be a question for thousands of passengers.
Hopes for the return of a beloved international tradition between St. Stephen, N.B., and Calais, Maine, have once again been sidelined due to pandemic land border restrictions.
A 27-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a death at the McDonald's in Sundre, Alta. early Monday morning.
Calgary councillors are scheduled to debate and vote on a 99-page climate strategy.
WEATHER | Calgary warms up, still a risk of storms
Afternoon storm risk in Calgary Tuesday and Wednesday.
A section of Winnipeg’s Main Street is closed on Tuesday morning due to a “serious” incident that left one person in critical condition, according to police.
A pair of longstanding buildings in Winnipeg’s Osborne Village are set to be demolished beginning on Tuesday.
Officers with the Winnipeg Police Service are investigating a weekend shooting that took place outside a nightclub in the city.
A man is dead and an investigation is underway after a shooting at a Surrey hotel.
A recent browse of real estate listings in Vancouver showed that several mansions in one particular area of the city are for sale.
A young woman who was on life support following a crash on a British Columbia highway has died, officials say.
Periods of steadier, light rain are making their way across the Edmonton region and much of central and north-central Alberta this morning.
An Edmonton flight bound for Halifax never made it to its destination after a landing gear sustained damage during takeoff Monday afternoon.
Two people are in hospital with gunshot wounds after a drive-by shooting in northeast Edmonton Monday evening.