Cross-examination continues for complainant in Jacob Hoggard sexual assault trial


Cross-examination is set to continue today for a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard when she was a teenager.

Hoggard pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one count of sexual interference, a charge related to sexually touching a person under the age of 16.

The woman began her testimony on Thursday, saying she met Hoggard a few times at gigs and fan events for Hedley, the band he fronted, and they started exchanging messages after a meeting in April 2016, when she was 15 years old.

She testified that the messages turned romantic and sexual over time, and Hoggard told her he loved her and saw a future with her.

The woman alleged he groped her backstage at a show a few weeks after she started texting and, in the fall of 2016, violently vaginally and orally raped her in her bedroom. hotel in the Toronto area when she was 16 years old.

An agreed statement of facts says Hoggard had sex with her at a hotel on September 30, 2016.

The document indicates that he also had a sexual relationship with another woman, the second plaintiff in the case, on November 22 of the same year.

Neither of the plaintiffs can be identified under a publication ban, nor can several witnesses.