Sexual assault trial continues Friday for Hedley lead singer Jacob Hoggard

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The testimony of a young woman who alleges she was groped when she was 15 and raped when she was 16 by Jacob Hoggard, the lead singer of her favorite band Hedley, continues Friday in a downtown Toronto courthouse.

Hoggard, 37, is charged with one count of sexual touching of a person under the age of 16 and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm. He has pleaded not guilty.

The Crown has said the jury is expected to hear from two women who say they were violently and repeatedly raped by Hoggard in separate incidents in hotel rooms in the fall of 2016.

On Thursday, the first complainant testified that she had been a fan of the Canadian pop-rock group since she was 10, and met the band with her parents when she was 12. When she was 15, she copied Hoggard’s phone number and they began exchanging messages that became both romantic and sexual.

She testified he arranged for her and two friends to attend a Hedley concert at the Air Canada Center on April 29, 2016, and afterwards she said he repeatedly grabbed her bum and tried to kiss her neck.

They continued messaging and he suggested she come to Toronto to meet him by herself — without her friends or her parents. She said she thought the band’s manager or other people would be there too.

Crown prosecutor Kelly Slate has said the woman, now in her early 20s, is expected to testify that in September 2016 Hoggard sent a car for her that brought her to a hotel in Mississauga where over several hours he raped her, slapped her and pushed her face into pillows leaving her unable to breathe. She was crying and saying no, Slate said, and pretended to get a call from work so she could leave early.

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