Manitoba judge sex inquiry called 'bloody coverup'

A man who said he was sexually harassed by a Manitoba judge burst out in anger and tears as he faced intense questioning at a Canadian Judicial Council inquiry into the matter.

Alex Chapman says he has "no faith in the system," adding, "this whole thing is a bloody cover up."

At one point, Chapman launched into an outburst about how difficult everything has been on him.

"You guys have no idea what I've been going through to get the complaint to you guys. You seized my computer. Did you seize Jack King's computer?"

He accused the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) of dragging its feet for two years to get to this point. Then he went after Justice Lori Douglas and her lawyer husband Jack King, calling them "a bunch of liars."

"They took advantage of me when I was at the lowest point of my life," he said. "They're powerful people."

The CJC is examining the accusations of harassment made by Chapman and whether Douglas should be removed from the bench — a rare move in Canada.

The incidents happened in 2003, when Douglas was still a lawyer and worked at the same firm as King.

The latter, who was hired as Chapman's divorce lawyer, has admitted to giving nude photographs of Douglas to him in an attempt to persuade him to have sex with her.

The Manitoba Law Society conducted an investigation into those allegations and in 2011, King was given a reprimand and ordered to pay approximately $13,000 in costs. However, he avoided disbarment or suspension.

Chapman told the inquiry on Monday that he was also directed by King to a pornographic website where the photos were posted. The website was a place where white women look for black men as sex partners.

Chapman is black, Douglas white.

The pictures showed Douglas nude in various forms of bondage, with sex toys and performing oral sex.

Independent counsel Kirsten Crain prompted another outburst from Chapman when she suggested he might have doctored an email containing explicit photos of Douglas that King had sent.

Chapman said "absolutely not."

Crain said King made those remarks to the Manitoba Law Society.

"Mr. King is a master of words. He can say what he wants," Chapman replied.

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