July 25, 2012
Sex scandal judge's husband calls actions 'bizarre'
By Dean Pritchard, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Alex Chapman showed no discomfort when his divorce lawyer Jack King proposed that he seduce King’s wife, Lori Douglas, an inquiry heard Tuesday.
“At no time... did he suggest any discomfort,” King testified. “Had he done so, I would not have for one second persisted.”
King said he met Chapman for coffee on April 15, 2003, the same day a settlement had been reached in Chapman’s divorce, when King asked Chapman if he could find a black man to seduce Douglas for a threesome.
“His response, in essence, was ‘Look no further, I’m your man,’” King testified.
King said he later directed Chapman to the DarkCavern website where he had posted sexually graphic pictures of Douglas.
King said Douglas was unaware of his plan or that he had posted her pictures on the Internet.
King described his actions as “bizarre, ridiculous, stupid, self-indulgent and grotesque.”
“My judgment in this regard had left me,” he said.
King said he posted the pictures on the website because he “had a fantasy of a threesome of an interracial nature.”
“My understanding of fantasy is it originates in one’s mind but it doesn’t necessarily stay there,” King said.
Douglas was appointed to Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench in 2005. The Canadian Judicial Council inquiry will decide if she stays there. The inquiry will address the central questions of whether Douglas sexually harassed Chapman and whether she failed to disclose the affair when she became a judge.
King admitted taking up to 160 naked or sexually explicit pictures of Douglas between 1996 and 2003. Douglas, he said, “never put her mind” to whether he was developing or processing the pictures
“The immediate excitement was in taking the pictures themselves,” King said. “I never told her I was getting them developed.”
The inquiry heard reference to several e-mails in which King told Chapman he was “making progress” with Douglas and that Douglas “enjoyed meeting” Chapman. King said he was lying and only said what he did “to keep (Chapman) in the game.”
Chapman told King’s law firm of his overtures in June 2003 and negotiated a $25,000 agreement to keep quiet.
King said he confessed to Douglas over dinner at Homer’s restaurant.
King returns to the witness stand Wednesday.