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It was her last day on the helm, the end of a long and grueling week for an Ottawa woman who claims Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard repeatedly raped her, strangled her and killed her. slapped when they met in a downtown Toronto hotel room in 2016.

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And that was the end of defense attempts to insinuate that everything that happened that day was part of an arranged affair after she and Hoggard paired up on Tinder a few weeks earlier.

Her Ottawa roommates and a friend testified that she was crying and upset after returning from the November 22, 2016 encounter. Two of them described how she was in obvious pain and had trouble walking and sitting when they saw her the next day and she told them she had been violently raped by Hoggard.

But his attorney suggested it was all consensual.

“I now want to ask you about the text messages you exchanged before meeting Mr. Hoggard,” defense attorney Megan Savard said as she neared the end of her cross-examination. “Did you plan to have sex together there?”

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“Okay,” the woman replied, wiping her swollen, watery eyes.

“In your mind, was this going to be something like a one-night stand?” Didn’t you think of it as the beginning of a romantic relationship?

To each question, she answered: “Correct”.

“In your text messages, you were discussing what was going to happen when you saw each other. Did you talk about sexual things you were going to do at the hotel? asked the lawyer.

“To correct.”

“And I suggest you talk about it using what I’ll call foul language instead of romantic language,” Savard continued. “It was almost this purely sexual transactional conversation?”

“Okay,” she replied.

“And you mentioned it explicitly, do you know what I mean by that? And you often talked about it, every day before visiting the hotel.

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Again, she agreed.

“The subject of what you were going to do at the hotel was the main topic of conversation?” You only discussed sexual feelings for each other, no other types of feelings and in your mind it was casual sex you were getting into? »

She was okay and okay and okay. And you want to scream, “So what?”

But now the witness seemed numb to it all – it was obvious she just wanted it to end.

Hoggard, 37, pleaded not guilty to sexual interference with a teenage fan when he was 15 and sexual assault causing bodily harm when he was 16 as well as not guilty to sexual assault causing bodily harm bodily injuries a few months later from the Ottawa woman, who was in her early twenties.

Both women testified that Hoggard violently raped them, ignoring their cries of cessation. And both were accused by the defense of fabricating the allegations as revenge against a star who had just used them for sex.

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During her cross-examination, the second plaintiff was constantly accused of lying – to the police about what really happened, to Hoggard about needing vaginal stitches and seeing a lawyer, and to the CBC, when she gave an anonymous interview in 2018.

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Savard had confronted her with one of two different clips and suggested she had lied when she told the TV reporter that the assault was particularly painful because she was “largely” recovering from the operation – something she had never told anyone else. On the stand, the complainant looked puzzled – while she agreed it was her, she denied saying anything about the surgery to anyone.

It’s because she didn’t.

She and the jury learned Friday that the figure of the person in that CBC clip, their altered voice, wasn’t even her.

“It shouldn’t have been played at all in our trial. The speaker is not (the plaintiff),” Judge Gillian Roberts told jurors earlier in the day.

“It was played to (the complainant) by mistake. The defense attorney didn’t realize she was making a mistake until later that night and when she did, she corrected it,’ she said. “I want to assure you that we explained the error to (the complainant) and we also assured her that we would explain the error to you.”

Small comfort that had to be. But at least his testimony is done.

The trial continues Monday.

mmandel@postmedia.com

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