Jacob Hoggard pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges in Toronto courtroom

Jury selection has begun this morning at the sex assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard.

Hoggard, the frontman for the rock band Hedley, was charged in 2018 with sexual assault causing bodily harm and sexual interference in connection with alleged incidents involving a woman and a teenager.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges this morning in a downtown Toronto courtroom.

The trial was initially set to begin in January 2021 but it was delayed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is now expected to run until early June.

Neither of the complainants can be identified due to a publication ban, nor can several witnesses who are expected to testify during trial.