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TORONTO — Defence attorneys urged Wednesday that an Ottawa lady fabricated rape allegations about Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard as a “type of revenge” after he bodily injured her throughout consensual intercourse and harm her emotions.
Attorneys for Hoggard questioned the girl, who’s the second complainant within the trial, about her encounter with the Hedley frontman and their communications afterward, which included textual content messages and a cellphone name.
The lady, now in her late 20s, has testified she got here throughout the singer on the courting app Tinder in November 2016 and, weeks later, agreed to fulfill him in Toronto to have intercourse. However she mentioned she didn’t consent to what transpired in his resort room.
She instructed the court docket Hoggard raped her anally, vaginally and orally and at one level choked her so exhausting she thought she would possibly die. She was left bleeding and with bruises, she mentioned.
Hoggard texted her after she left the resort, and a couple of day later, the girl despatched him a message saying that he had raped her and asking to speak on the cellphone, she mentioned. She mentioned the decision befell within the days following the encounter and was very transient — about 30 seconds lengthy.
Throughout cross-examination Wednesday, defence lawyer Megan Savard urged the complainant was upset with Hoggard throughout the name as a result of he appeared to not be considering her.
“You’re additionally upset, I’m going to counsel, that he injured you in the midst of consensual intercourse, you thought he was being thoughtless to not test in with you and it added to the harm emotions you had on account of having been primarily dropped by this rock star,” Savard mentioned.
The complainant was adamant that wasn’t the case and that she needed him to apologize.
Girl alleges Jacob Hoggard choked her throughout intercourse assault, making her worry for her life
At one other level in her cross-examination, Savard urged the girl needed retribution.
“If he wasn’t going to maintain speaking to you, you have been going to make up tales about him as a type of revenge,” the lawyer mentioned.
“If he wasn’t going to apologize for raping me, I used to be going to inform folks about it,” the complainant replied.
Hoggard has pleaded not responsible to 2 counts of sexual assault inflicting bodily hurt and one in all sexual interference, a cost that pertains to the sexual touching of somebody below 16.
An agreed assertion of details says he had a sexual encounter with every of the complainants on separate events within the fall of 2016.
On Wednesday, the complainant sobbed closely on the stand as a recording of her name with Hoggard was performed in court docket, prompting Ontario Superior Courtroom Justice Gillian Roberts to twice counsel suspending cross-examination.
“This was a really traumatizing occasion for me and I spent six years of my life attempting to dam it out,” the complainant mentioned, including it was tough to listen to Hoggard’s voice on the decision.
Within the roughly 15-minute recording, Hoggard spoke calmly and in a soothing tone, saying the girl’s allegation by textual content “got here out of left discipline” and that he thought they “had a very nice time collectively.”
The lady, whose voice sounded strained and distraught, mentioned “not precisely” and added that she skilled severe ache throughout the encounter and afterward.
One other time, Hoggard mentioned he had been attentive all through the encounter.
“Between you and I, it was very apparent that I used to be paying shut consideration to the way you felt and wasn’t ignoring the way you felt. Except you are feeling in any other case however that will fully shock me,” he mentioned on the decision.
“I assume I simply have a distinct opinion than you do,” the girl responded.
At numerous factors, she indicated his phrases sounded rehearsed or coached, and urged he was attempting to guard himself.
Throughout cross-examination, Savard urged the girl had misrepresented the size, context and contents of the decision, denying that Hoggard expressed concern for her and claiming that he’d blocked her afterward, with a purpose to win over the jury.
“You tried to consider how a rapist would reply?and instructed that story to the jury,” Savard mentioned.
“No, he’s the one rapist I do know,” the girl mentioned.
The defence additionally indicated the girl instructed Hoggard she wanted stitches in her vagina, which was false, and that she was going to contact a lawyer if he didn’t apologize.
She acknowledged she lied to Hoggard throughout the name about needing stitches and presumably contacting a lawyer in an effort to get him to apologize.
“I used to be attempting to get him to confess what he did to me” and to acknowledge its severity, she mentioned.
Courtroom has heard that, sooner or later, the girl reached out to Hoggard’s ex-girlfriend, now his spouse, by way of direct message on Instagram and requested if she had an analogous expertise with him.
“She instructed me that he had completed this to different folks, in that dialog,” she instructed jurors.
“You’re speaking about his spouse, who’s sitting in court docket proper now?” Savard requested.
“Completely. After which she instructed me that I wanted to go to the police,” and to the physician to get checked for sexually transmitted infections, the girl replied.
Sitting in court docket, Hoggard’s spouse, Rebekah Asselstine, appeared shocked and stared forward together with her mouth agape.
Savard later confirmed the girl a screenshot of an trade between her and Asselstine and urged Asselstine solely mentioned she had been contacted by others about Hoggard dishonest on her, however by no means about him hurting anybody.
The lady did an nameless interview with the CBC concerning her allegations in 2018, and later filed a report with police.
The complainant is predicted to return to the stand on Friday.
The opposite complainant, who was 16 on the time, has testified that Hoggard raped her vaginally and orally, and tried to take action anally, on Sept. 30, 2016.
Neither complainant could be recognized below a publication ban.
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