July 18, 2012
Chapman had sex scheme with neighbour, inquiry told
By DEAN PRITCHARD, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG -- A Winnipeg man whose sexual harassment complaint sparked a judicial inquiry into the conduct of Justice Lori Douglas was accused Wednesday of negotiating a plan to have sex with a neighbour's wife in exchange for money.
Douglas' lawyer Sheila Block read entries from Alex Chapman's day planner suggesting a neighbour offered to pay Chapman $500 a week to sleep with his wife.
An entry dated May 29, 2003, describes a plan that would see Chapman visit the neighbour's wife on the pretext of fixing her computer and "flatter her with compliments." What was supposed to happen next is rubbed out in the day planner.
The entry concludes by describing how the neighbour would walk in on them, "ask me to leave ... (and) pay me later."
The neighbour, another entry read, "said that his wife may want to continue to see me... He loves her and don't (sic) want to lose her."
Chapman appeared bewildered upon hearing the entries.
"I don't know, this is not right," Chapman said.
"It's your diary, Mr. Chapman," Block said.
Chapman told the inquiry Tuesday his neighbour wanted to hire him to tutor his wife on the computer. Chapman stuck to that version of events Wednesday.
"He wanted me to teach his wife an accounting package," Chapman said.
Another entry said the neighbour would deny everything if confronted about the plan.
Chapman claimed the man was having an affair and afraid of getting caught.
Jack King, Douglas' husband, has admitted attempting to lure Chapman into a sexual affair with Douglas in 2003. King sent Chapman graphic nude e-mail photos of Douglas and directed him to a sex website where King posted more pictures of his wife.
Douglas has said she was unaware at the time of her husband's plan or that her pictures had been posted on the Internet.
Chapman has testified he was shocked at King's proposal and only "played along" until King had wrapped up his divorce settlement.
Chapman said he broke his silence about the sex allegations after an unrelated lawsuit against Winnipeg police didn't go his way. Chapman described the 2010 lawsuit as "the straw that broke the camel's back."
He said he thought the lawsuit would have been "an opportunity" to air the allegations against Douglas and husband Jack King but was pushed into accepting a $10,000 settlement by Justice Glenn Joyal.
Joyal, Chapman alleged, "didn't want me in his courtroom because he didn't want me to raise the issue of Lori Douglas and Jack King."
Chapman signed a $25,000 confidentiality agreement in 2003 promising not to disclose King's actions or the existence of the nude photographs. Chapman had no evidence to back up his claim Joyal interfered with his lawsuit, Block said.
"What you are saying is (Joyal) abused his position and forced you to settle," Block said. "You had no proof that Justice Joyal or Lori Douglas did anything improper."
"I wasn't invited to a hearing," Chapman replied. "It was all done behind closed doors."