NEW YORK (AP) — Canadian style mogul Peter Nygard was arrested on fees alleging he sexually abused girls and women after luring them into his orbit with alternatives in style and modeling over the past 25 years.
The 79-year-old Nygard awaited an look in a Winnipeg courtroom after his Monday arrest by Canadian authorities on the request of america. His lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, declined remark.
His arrest on intercourse trafficking fees got here after U.S. federal authorities raided Nygard’s Manhattan workplaces earlier this 12 months.
The FBI raid got here quickly after 10 girls sued Nygard, saying he enticed younger and impoverished girls to his Bahamas property with money and guarantees of modeling and style alternatives. A number of plaintiffs within the go well with, filed in New York Metropolis, stated they had been 14 or 15 years outdated when Nygard gave them alcohol or medication after which raped them.
Nygard has denied all allegations and blames a conspiracy brought on by a feud along with his billionaire neighbor within the Bahamas.
In asserting legal fees, authorities stated Nygard used the status of a world clothes design, manufacturing, and provide enterprise he based and headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada, to influence victims to undergo his calls for.
In accordance with an indictment, he capitalized on the Nygard Group’s affect, utilizing its workers, funds, and sources to recruit girls and women beneath the age of 18. The indictment alleged that Nygard and his co-conspirators, together with Nygard Group workers, used pressure, fraud, and coercion to enlist the ladies and women, who had been sexually abused and assaulted by Nygard and others.
Fifty-seven girls, together with 18 Canadians, have joined the lawsuit, which alleges that Nygard used violence, intimidation, bribery and firm workers to lure victims and keep away from accountability for many years.
The allegations within the legal case mirror claims in a class-action lawsuit that Nygard used his firm, bribery of Bahamian officers and “appreciable affect within the style trade” to recruit victims within the Bahamas, United States and Canada.
It alleges he plied the younger girls with medication and alcohol throughout “pamper events” and stored a database on a company server containing the names of 1000’s of potential victims.
Nygard’s accusers had their passports taken from them after they had been flown into the Bahamas, the lawsuit alleges, including the designer “anticipated a intercourse act earlier than he was prepared to contemplate releasing any particular person” from his property.
A spokesman for Nygard stated earlier this 12 months he was stepping down as chairman of Nygard corporations and would divest his possession curiosity.
Nygard Worldwide started in Winnipeg as a sportswear producer. Its web site says its retail division has greater than 170 shops in North America.
Related Press Author Robert Gillies reported from Toronto.