WARNING: This article contains graphic content and may affect those who have experienced sexual violence or know someone who has.
A woman who claims she was raped by Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard in a Toronto hotel room more than five years ago is set to testify again today at her sexual assault trial.
The Ottawa woman, who is the second plaintiff in the lawsuit, said earlier this week that she met the Hedley frontman on the dating app Tinder in November 2016 and later that month agreed to meet him for sex.
She said that once she joined him in a hotel, Hoggard raped her anally, vaginally and orally, and at one point choked her hard enough that she thought she could die.
Defense attorneys suggested she was harmed during consensual sex and fabricated rape allegations after Hoggard lost interest in her.
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Hoggard pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one of sexual interference, a charge that refers to sexually touching a person under the age of 16.
The other complainant, who was 16 at the time, testified that Hoggard raped her vaginally and orally, and attempted to do so anally, in September 2016.
An agreed statement of facts indicates that Hoggard had a sexual relationship with each complainant on separate occasions in the fall of 2016.
Support is available for anyone who has been abused or assaulted. You can access crisis lines and local support services through the Canadian Association for the Elimination of Violence Database. The Canadian Women’s Foundation Help signal is a silent one-handed gesture to use in a video call to indicate that you are at risk of violence in the home. If you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety or the safety of those around you, please call 911.