|Alex Chapman poses for a photo in Winnipeg. (MARCEL CRETAIN/QMI Agency Files)
WINNIPEG — Alex Chapman felt compelled to “play along” with Jack King’s plan to encourage a sexual affair with his wife Lori Douglas when he met the couple at a city restaurant in 2003, he told an inquiry.
Testifying for a second day at the Canadian Judicial Council’s inquiry determining Douglas’ fate on the bench, Chapman spoke of meeting the couple at a restaurant on May 30, 2003. Chapman testified King disappeared without a word a short time after calling him over to the table, leaving Chapman and Douglas alone to talk for nearly an hour.
King has admitted attempting to lure Chapman into a sexual affair with Douglas. King sent Chapman graphic nude e-mail photos of Douglas and directed him to a sex website where King had posted more pictures of Douglas.
Douglas has said she was unaware at the time of her husband’s plan or that her pictures had been posted on the Internet.
“I remember telling her that the new (e-mail) photos I got looked much more like her,” said Chapman, noting the Internet pictures appeared to be much older. “I think she took it as a compliment ... She kind of smiled.”
During a discussion about exercise, Douglas touched Chapman’s “pecs” and thigh, Chapman said.
Chapman said there was no direct discussion of sex, but “it was implied.”
Chapman said he walked Douglas to her car and opened the door for her.
“She said, ‘See you on the weekend.’ I was supposed to be indulging them in their fantasy. She knew,” he said.
Inquiry lawyer Kirsten Crain said Douglas is expected to testify she had no idea Chapman was going to show up and was “annoyed” when King invited him to their table.
Earlier, Chapman testified that blowing the whistle on Douglas destroyed his reputation and cost him his job at Great-West Life.
But lawyers at the inquiry allege it was Chapman’s lies and misconduct that got him fired, not his claims Douglas sexually harassed him.
Crain showed Chapman a August 2010 letter from Great-West Life’s human resources department outlining four reasons for his dismissal, including misrepresenting his education and downloading unauthorized software onto his computer.
Chapman claimed he never saw the letter.
Sheila Block, Douglas’s lawyer, said copies of the same letter were found on Chapman’s hard drive and appeared to have been “modified” with Wite-Out and “compressed.”
“I’m confused ma’am, because I never seen this,” Chapman said. “I never got a letter, they just walked me out the door.”
Chapman said several other people could have had access to the computer at his home, but refused to identify them.