Charged with sexual assault, former Canucks hockey player Jake Virtanen is before the Supreme Court of British Columbia this week in Vancouver, where he is trying to win his case before his alleged victim accusing him of acts committed nearly five years ago.
The complainant, whose identity is protected by order of the court, was allegedly assaulted inside a bedroom of hotel on September 26, 2017; the 25-year-old player has pleaded not guilty to a charge filed at the end of January, after an investigation began in May 2021.
The Vancouver Sun newspaper has reported a few moments of the cross-examination conducted by the defense lawyer, Me Brock Martland.
The court was thus able to hear that Virtanen and the 23-year-old lady had met several months before the alleged facts. The legal representative also presented a video of the visibly intoxicated skater vomiting in the presence of the woman inside a Calgary home.
For her part, she claims that she did not desire sexual relations with the defendant, who was not imprisoned despite the charges against him.
Virtanen played last season with Spartak Moscow, in the Continental League.< /p>