For an Ottawa woman who claims that Hedley frontman Jacob Hogard repeatedly raped, choked, and struck her when met in a hotel room in downtown Toronto in 2016, it was her last on the stand. It was the day of.
And it was the end of a defense attempt that hinted that everything that happened that day was part of an agreed hookup after she and Hogard played at The Tinder a few weeks ago.
Her Ottawa roommates and friends testified that she was crying and distraught after she returned from her encounter on November 22, 2016. Two of them explained that when she met her the next day, she was clearly in pain and had difficulty walking and sitting, and she said she had been raped violently by Hogard.
But his lawyer suggested that it was all consensual.
“I’d like to hear about the text messages I exchanged before I met Mr. Hogard,” said defense lawyer Megan Subard, who was nearing the end of the cross-examination. “Did you plan to have sex there together?”
“The answer is correct,” replied the woman whose swollen tears were wiped off.
“In your mind, would this be like a one-night stand? Didn’t you think it was the beginning of a romantic relationship?”
To each question, she answered “correct.”
“The text message was talking about what would happen when we saw each other. Did you talk about the sexuality you were trying to do at the hotel?” Asked the lawyer.
“And I encourage you to talk about them using what I call coarse words instead of romantic words,” continued Subard. “Is it almost this purely sexual trading conversation?”
“It’s the correct answer,” she replied.
“And you talked about these clearly, do you know what I mean by that? And you talked about it often and every day until the hotel visit.”
Again, she agreed.
“Was the topic of what you were trying to do at the hotel the main topic of conversation? You only talked about each other’s sexual feelings, not the other kind of feelings. Inside, was this the casual sexual relationship you were undertaking? “
She agreed, agreed, agreed. And you want to shout “So what?”
But now the witnesses seemed insensitive to everything — it was clear that she wanted to end this.
Hogard, 37, was not guilty of sexually assaulting teenage fans at the age of 15, sexually assaulting at the age of 16, and sexually assaulting in Ottawa months later. Insisted. She is a woman in her early twenties.
Both women testified that Hogard raped them violently, ignoring them in an attempt to stop their screams. And both were accused of forging claims as revenge on the stars who had just used them for sex.
During the cross-examination, the second plaintiff was accused of always lying. To the police about what actually happened, to Hogard about having consulted a lawyer for vaginal seams, and to the CBC who conducted an anonymous interview in 2018.
Savard confronted her with one of two different clips and suggested to a television reporter that she lied when she said the assault was particularly painful because she had recovered from the surgery “in a big way.” .. At the stand, her petitioner appeared to be mysterious — she agreed that it was her, but she told no one about her surgery.
That’s because she didn’t.
She and the jury were told on Friday that it wasn’t even her who changed the silhouette of the CBC clip, their voice.
“It shouldn’t have been played at all in our trial. The speaker is not (plaintiff),” Judge Gillian Roberts advised the jury at the beginning of the day.
“It was played incorrectly (to the petitioner). The lawyer didn’t realize she was making a mistake until late that night. When she made a mistake, she made it. I fixed it, “she said. “We want to assure you that you have explained her mistakes (to her petitioner), and we have assured you that you have explained her mistakes.”
A little comfort that must have been. But at least her testimony is over.
The trial continues on Monday.