Chapman expected money to keep quiet, says lawyer

Alex Chapman speaks to the media about the conduct of his lawyer Jack King in this file photo. (QMI...

Alex Chapman speaks to the media about the conduct of his lawyer Jack King in this file photo. (QMI Agency)

Dean Pritchard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Alex Chapman thought he was on his way to a huge payday -- maybe even a million dollars -- for keeping his mouth shut, said his lawyer, Ian Histed.

"He phoned me at my office ... and said 'I have something to show you, you won't believe it," Histed testified. "He said 'I have something that is going to make us both rich. I have two lawyers who are trying to have sex with me.'"

The testimony came at a judicial inquiry into the conduct of Justice Lori Douglas.

Douglas' husband, Jack King -- who was also Chapman's divorce lawyer at the time-- has admitted attempting to lure Chapman into a sexual affair with Douglas in 2003.

King e-mailed Chapman graphic nude 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 practice, was fully aware of the sex plan.

Histed said Chapman showed him 20 to 30 naked pictures of Douglas and several e-mails King had sent him.

"Nothing prepared me for that," Histed said.

Histed said Chapman described two meetings with the couple, leaving Histed "with the sense that (Douglas) was definitely flirting with him." Histed said he later concluded there was a chance Douglas was unaware of King's machinations and excluded her from his legal attack.

"It was unnecessary for us to go after both of them when one of them was lying there waiting," he said.

Histed said "it was clear (Chapman) wanted money out of it," but he was also afraid of what King and Douglas could do to him if he didn't comply with their wishes.

"He was quite frightened, thought these were quite powerful people," Histed said.

King met with Histed and downplayed the allegations as "a lot of fuss over nothing," arguing Chapman had a problem with King's "lifestyle choice," Histed said.

"The fact that (Chapman) was a client in the middle of divorce proceedings didn't seem to register with him," Histed said. "He presented himself as a playboy with broad sexual tastes and (questioned) why I was so narrow-minded."

Histed, on his client's behalf, initially demanded $100,000 to buy Chapman's silence in the matter. Chapman, he said, thought the case was worth $1 million.

"It would have been nice, but this isn't New York," Histed said.

Histed ultimately negotiated a $25,000 agreement.

King is expected to testify Monday.


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