Closing arguments begin Friday in Hoggard’s sexual assault trial

WARNING: This article contains graphic content and may affect those who have experienced sexual violence or know someone who has.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to make their final plea today before jurors hearing the sexual assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard.

Hoggard, 37, 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 Crown alleges Hoggard, the frontman of the Hedley band, repeatedly raped a teenage fan and a young woman in separate incidents in the fall of 2016. Both testified to crying and saying no throughout the encounters.

WATCH | Jacob Hoggard testifies that the two meetings were consensual:

Jacob Hoggard testifies sexual encounters were consensual at trial

WARNING: This video contains disturbing details | Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard spoke at his sexual assault trial on Tuesday, denying rape allegations by two plaintiffs and insisting the two encounters were consensual.

It is also alleged that Hoggard, who was born in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, groped the young complainant backstage after a Hedley concert in Toronto in April 2016, when she was still 15.

The defense says the groping never happened and argues the sexual encounters were consensual.

Hoggard testified earlier this week that he had consensual and “passionate” sex with each of the plaintiffs at Toronto-area hotels.

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.