Defense suggests plaintiff expressed ‘sexual interest’ in Jacob Hoggard as trial continues

Lawyers for Jacob Hoggard suggest a young woman expressed ‘sexual interest’ in the musician in messages before an incident in which she alleges he violently raped her.

The woman, who is one of two plaintiffs in Hoggard’s sexual assault trial, is cross-examined by the defense in a downtown Toronto courtroom.

Defense lawyer Megan Savard suggested this morning that the woman, who was 16 at the time, reciprocated Hoggard’s sexual interest as they exchanged messages in 2016.

The woman replied that while she “potentially” expressed a sexual interest in Hoggard, she never said she wanted to have sex with him or discussed plans to have sex.

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.