Ottawa woman accuses Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard of rape3:00
In a separate tweet on Wednesday, Hoggard posted a statement saying he is stepping away from his career “indefinitely.”
Although he acknowledged he “behaved in a way that objectified women” over the years, Hoggard said in the statement he had “never engaged in non-consensual sexual behaviour.” Woman behind Twitter crusade against Hedley breaks silence2:21
Following the allegations, the band withdrew from the Juno Awards. The woman alleges the incident took place in a Toronto hotel, but the singer’s lawyer said in a statement that the sex was consensual. In a statement on Twitter, the B.C. pop-rock band said its members unanimously decided on the hiatus in order to “work on our personal relationships and who we are as individuals.”
CBC EXCLUSIVE | ‘I said stop’: Ottawa woman accuses Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard of rape
‘I’m the voice that they don’t have’: Woman behind Twitter crusade against Hedley breaks silence
The band’s next show in their Cageless tour is scheduled for March 1 in Brampton, Ont. Several radio stations, including the CBC, stopped playing the band’s music and their management team cut ties with them. The last show on the band’s tour is scheduled for March 23 in Kelowna, B.C. Hedley has been under fire since sexual misconduct allegations against singer Jacob Hoggard began surfacing online two weeks ago, suggesting he had inappropriate encounters with young fans. Canadian band Hedley said on Wednesday its members will be taking “an indefinite hiatus” after the conclusion of their current tour. Last Sunday, CBC published a report detailing an Ottawa woman’s allegation that she was raped in 2016 by the band’s singer Jacob Hoggard. A March 11 performance scheduled in Windsor, Ont., was cancelled by the venue on Tuesday.