Man at centre of judge sex scandal must repay $25,000 0
Alex Chapman. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI AGENCY)
WINNIPEG -- A man at the centre of a sex scandal involving Court of Queen's Bench Justice Lori Douglas has been ordered to repay $25,000 he received to keep quiet about the affair.
Alex Chapman's disclosure that his former divorce lawyer, Jack King, tried to convince him in 2003 to have sex with Douglas, then a lawyer in private practice, sparked a judicial inquiry set to begin Monday that will determine Douglas' judicial future.
Douglas has said she had no knowledge at the time of her husband's "mad and undisclosed fantasy" and was unaware King had e-mailed Chapman sexually explicit pictures of her and posted the same pictures on the Internet.
Chapman signed a non-disclosure agreement with King that included a promise to return or destroy all copies of the pictures. Chapman violated the agreement and in 2010 filed $67-million lawsuits against King, Douglas and their former law firm. All three lawsuits were later dropped.
Chapman's actions "fall into the category of fraud," King's lawyer Bill Gange argued in court Thursday.
Neither Chapman or his lawyer were present in court.
"I don't see much difficulty in returning the $25,000," Justice Chris Martin said.
Gange is requesting the court also order Chapman to pay King's court costs, which Gange estimated to be approximately $10,000.
"You're entitled to costs, I just don't know what they will be," Martin said.