Cross-examination of Jacob Hoggard continues at sexual assault trial

Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard is set to return to the stand today in his sexual assault trial.

The Hedley frontman 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.

Prosecutors allege he repeatedly raped two women, one of whom was 16 at the time, in two separate incidents in the fall of 2016.

The complainants testified that they cried and said no during the meetings, which took place in hotel rooms in the Toronto area.

Hoggard began his testimony on Tuesday, saying the two encounters were consensual and heated.

He said he relied on verbal and non-verbal cues to assess the consent of each of the plaintiffs.

Support is available for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. You can access crisis lines and local support services through this Government of Canada website or the Canadian Association for the Elimination of Violence Database. If you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety or the safety of those around you, please call 911.