Hedley's Jacob Hoggard Reportedly Being Sued by Sexual Assault Victim

The musician was convicted of one count of sexual assault causing bodily harm in June

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Oct 7, 2022

The sentencing hearing for former Hedley bandleader Jacob Hoggard's sexual assault case began in Toronto yesterday (October 6), but it was quickly evident that no decision would be made at that time, as per social media coverage by Toronto Star courts reporter Alyshah Sanmati Hasham.

While the hearing is expected to resume later this month, the victim — an Ottawa woman whose identity is protected by publication ban — says she is now suing Hoggard for $2.8 million CAD [via CTV News].

The outlet obtained a draft claim that sees the plaintiff argue that the assault left her unable to complete her education, impairing her physical and emotional wellbeing. "The life of the plaintiff was fundamentally and forever changed by the above-noted behaviour," it reads, below detailing the incident that took place at the Thompson Hotel in November 2016 after the victim met Hoggard at a WE Day event.

After a week of deadlocked deliberations, a jury found the musician guilty on one count of sexual assault causing bodily harm in June. He was also found not guilty on two counts: one of sexual interference in regards to touching a 15-year-old fan, and another of sexual assault causing bodily harm involving the same complainant when she was 16. Hoggard pleaded not guilty to all three counts, claiming that the sexual encounters were consensual.

The disgraced pop singer returned to court in Kirkland Lake, ON, this August to face trial for another charge of sexual assault causing bodily harm from a third complainant, with the alleged incident dating back to 2016.

Ahead of yesterday''s hearing, Hoggard's criminal defence lawyer told CTV News that the lawsuit had not yet been served — her client had only learned about it through the media.

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