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Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard accused of rape

By: Curtis Sindrey –

TORONTO, ON – JUNE 18: Jacob Hoggard of Hedley appears at the 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on June 18, 2017. (Photo: Orest Dorosh/Aesthetic Magazine)

In a new interview with CBC, an Ottawa woman has accused Hedley lead singer Jacob Hoggard of rape.

The unnamed 24-year-old woman attended Algonquin College when she first connected with Hoggard in Nov. 2016. She served as a volunteer at the WE Day Concert in Ottawa, where Hedley were scheduled to perform. They continued to communicate via Snapchat, and two weeks later (Nov. 22nd) decided to meet up in Toronto.

“Of course, I expected sex. I wasn’t going to Toronto to watch TV with someone I barely know. I’m not naive — but he completely crossed the line.”

Their initial meeting took place at the Thompson Hotel in downtown Toronto, and during their time together, Hoggard allegedly slapped her, spat on her, choked her, and forced her to have unprotected anal sex.

“I was clear that I was not interested in it, and I was so uncomfortable, and I started crying, and he just kept telling me that I was being a good girl and petting my head,” she said. She continues, “he was choking me, and my face went so red.”

She also recalls that Hoggard made pig noises and grunted loudly. “[He called me a] dirty little pig,” she said.

The woman says that Hoggard ignored her requests to stop even though she was bleeding from her anus and vagina. She remembers that the only time Hoggard asked for consent during their entire five-hour meeting was when he asked several times if he could urinate on her, or if she wanted to urinate on him. He relented when she repeated, “no, that’s disgusting.”

Six days after her meeting with Hoggard, she went to the College Square Medical Clinic in Ottawa and confided in a doctor that she was sexually assaulted. While there she was also examined her for STDs, and injuries.

In the aftermath of her encounter with Hoggard, she says her sleeping is routinely interrupted by recurring nightmares about the incident, and that listening to any Hedley song makes her nauseous. “It makes me angry, and it makes me sick to my stomach because his voice is what I hear in my nightmares.”

In a journal her friends encouraged her to write, she described her feelings about the incident. “I feel used. Disgusting. Degraded. I was forced to do things I never have. I never would … Because of who he is, I trusted him. I didn’t think he would hurt me.”

Hoggard’s lawyer released a statement saying, “At no time did Jacob act badly or do anything without her consent.”

Since the #outHedley2k18 hashtag appeared on Twitter on Feb. 12th, Hedley withdrew their 2018 Juno nominations, were dropped by their management team, the JUNO Awards, their tour openers, Neon Dreams and Shawn Hook, and radio stations, including: CBC, and Corus Radio, and were allegedly being investigated for drugging an underage fan in 2005.

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