Lawyer For Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard Appears In Toronto Court To Address Sex Charges

A lawyer for the frontman of Canadian rock band Hedley appeared in a Toronto courtroom Thursday as the rock star faces three sex-related charges.

Jacob Hoggard, 34, was arrested in Toronto on Monday and charged with one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm.

Toronto police say the charges relate to three separate incidents involving a woman and a girl that allegedly occurred in 2016. The judge in the case granted a publication ban on the complainants’ names.

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Officers would not provide any additional comment on the case or the charges. Hoggard’s lawyer, Ian Smith, had nothing to add outside of the courthouse.

Hoggard, who is from Vancouver, has previously denied ever engaging in non-consensual sexual behaviour, but has said he behaved in a way that objectifies women.

The Vancouver-based band played its last show before an “indefinite hiatus” in Kelowna, B.C., on March 24.

The case’s next court appearance is set for Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. ET.

— With files from Global News’ Kamil Karamali

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