Canada Crown grills nightclub owner accused of sexual assault

07:25  11 january  2018
07:25  11 january  2018 Source:   Star Phoenix

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Warning: graphic sexual content. After Skipp Edward Anderson was charged with sexual assault , he lost most of his friends, his volunteer positions and clientele from his business, Pink Nightclub , a Saskatoon jury heard.

Crown stays one of two sexual assault charges against Pink Lounge owner Skipp Anderson. Anderson, who owns Saskatoon's Pink Lounge and Nightclub , is accused of sexually assaulting a young man who had passed out after a hot tub party in 2016.

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After Skipp Edward Anderson was charged with sexual assault, he lost most of his friends, his volunteer positions and clientele from his business, Pink Nightclub, a Saskatoon jury heard.

Anderson initially told police he was worried about the impact the allegation would have on his reputation and nightclub. He testified that he was also concerned about being blackmailed — telling court he’s used to people asking for things and having “ulterior motives.”

“You had a lot to lose,” suggested Crown prosecutor Tamara Rock.

“Correct,” Anderson replied.

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Anderson, 40, is accused of sexually assaulting a then 22-year-old friend, who Anderson testified he knew was “extremely intoxicated” during a hot tub party at Anderson’s home on July 11, 2016.

He is also accused of attempting to pay the complainant off.

Rock began her cross-examination on Wednesday at Anderson’s jury trial in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench.

On Tuesday, several witnesses had testified that the complainant was hitting on people in the hot tub, including Anderson. Anderson said he became aroused and grabbed the man’s rear end.

The accused said he mixed the man a weaker drink and tried giving him water before putting him in a spare bedroom after the man started slipping underneath the water.

However, two hours later, Anderson said he crawled into bed with the man, who had moved into an upstairs bedroom, because he was lonely and wanted to cuddle. He said he didn’t intend to have sex with the man, but did so after the complainant initiated sex with him — twice.

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“You chose to snuggle up with the person who had sexually aroused you that night, the person who had been so drunk that they couldn’t hold themselves up in the water,” Rock said, suggesting Anderson got into the bed with intentions of having sex.

The complainant testified Monday that he doesn’t remember consenting to the sex, and that he wasn’t in a state to consent. He told jurors he blacked out in the hot tub and awoke to Anderson penetrating him from behind while he was lying on his side.

However, Anderson said the complainant sat on top of him during most of the sex. Rock suggested it was a convenient position to prove consent, as it was more active than the position the complainant described.

Rock also suggested Anderson penetrated the man from behind the entire time, while the man was passed out — which Anderson vehemently denied.

In court, Anderson said communication was essential because he didn’t have lubrication and wanted to ensure the man wasn’t in pain. He also said the reason the second round of sex ended was because the man said he was sore.

Anderson agreed with the Crown that he did not tell police that information during an interview conducted a month after the allegation.

He also testified that the complainant was immediately concerned about their mutual friend finding out they had sex. Rock said that was another detail not provided to police.

Closing arguments are expected to begin Thursday morning.

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