Chapman was 'online sex performer', inquiry hears

Alex Chapman leaves federal court on July 16, 2012, after testifying in the inquiry considering...

Alex Chapman leaves federal court on July 16, 2012, after testifying in the inquiry considering whether Judge Lori Douglas should be removed from the bench. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI AGENCY)

Dean Pritchard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- An inquiry panel has refused to hear more evidence suggesting Alex Chapman has a history of accepting money for sex, ruling it would be "unfair" to him.

The ruling came one day after the inquiry heard evidence suggesting Chapman once agreed to a plan to have sex with a neighbour's wife for $500 a week.

Chapman is testifying at a judicial inquiry into the conduct of Justice Lori Douglas.

Jack King, Douglas' husband and Chapman's former divorce lawyer, 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 Douglas.

Chapman alleges Douglas, then a lawyer in private practise, was fully aware of the sex plan.

Sheila Block, Douglas' lawyer, told the inquiry panel evidence seized from Chapman's computer suggested he had worked as an "online sex performer" and had advertised his sexual services on a website called Online Booty.

Block argued the evidence, if heard by the inquiry, would undercut Chapman's claim he was "shocked" and "damaged" by King's proposal.

"Mr. King said to him, 'Do you know anybody who could fulfil my fantasy?' (Chapman) said, 'I'm your man'," she said.

Inquiry chair Catherine Fraser said it would be unfair to Chapman to introduce evidence involving clearly consensual sexual relationships.

"The prejudicial value (of the evidence) outweighs the probative value," Fraser said.

Inquiry counsel Guy Pratte and Chapman's lawyer Rocco Galati both opposed allowing the evidence to be heard.

"This material is as intrusive as you can think of," Pratte said.

Galati argued that allowing the evidence would open the door to a more detailed examination of Douglas' sex life.

"If I was going to do the same thing to Justice Douglas, I would expect (her lawyer) to get up and scream," Galati told the inquiry panel. "If you allowed it against Mr. Chapman, you would have to allow it against Justice Douglas."

Chapman was not present in the courtroom as lawyers discussed the evidence.

Chapman spent four full days on the witness stand, providing testimony that was at turns evasive, wildly off topic and head-scratchingly weird.

Questioned about an interview with a Canadian Judicial Council investigator, Chapman railed against a one-time friend and "spokesman" who he accused of conspiring against him.

"This man in the back (of the courtroom) is the one who has been distributing pictures of Lori Douglas," Chapman said. "I considered him at the time a friend. He's a big bully."

In a closing exchange with inquiry counsel Kirsten Crain, Chapman bickered over whether an e-mail and a text file with the same content could be considered the same document.

"You're trying to trick me," Chapman said.

dean.pritchard@sunmedi.ca

Twitter: @deanatwpgsun


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