Businessman Peter Nygard arrives at Norby Walters’ twenty sixth Annual Evening Of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing at The Beverly Hilton Resort on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Picture: Anadolu Company/Getty Photos
Peter Nygard, the previous CEO of a Canada-based style line, has been arrested and charged with racketeering, intercourse trafficking and different crimes after authorities in Manitoba acted on a U.S. request for his extradition, federal prosecutors in New York stated Tuesday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York stated in a press release that Nygard had been taken into custody the day earlier than in Winnipeg on the request of the U.S. beneath an extradition treaty.
Nygard, 79, is accused of utilizing the affect of his now defunct firm, Nygard Worldwide, staff and funds to “recruit and preserve grownup and minor-aged feminine victims” over a interval of at the least 25 years for the “sexual gratification” of himself and “his pals and enterprise associates,” in response to the indictment.
Nygard allegedly focused girls and minors from “deprived financial backgrounds,” together with these with a historical past of abuse. Nygard and his associates are accused of forcibly assaulting these girls, in addition to drugging them.
Moreover, the indictment states that Nygard maintained relationships with a sure variety of his victims, whom he known as “girlfriends.” They’d be required to journey and interact in sexual exercise with him, and had been allegedly managed by “pressure, fraud and coercion.” A few of these “girlfriends” had been on Nygard Worldwide’s payroll as fashions or assistants, the indictment says.
Nygard Worldwide filed for chapter in March, a month after its New York workplaces, situated in Instances Sq., were raided by the FBI and NYPD as a part of the investigation that led to this week’s arrest and indictment.
Within the wake of the chapter, the corporate’s manufacturers –Nygard, Nygard Slims, Bianca Nygard, ADX TanJay, Alia and Allison Daley — have gone up on the market.
After the February police raid, Ken Frydman, a spokesperson for Nygard, informed ABC News that the style tycoon welcomed an investigation and “expects his identify to be cleared.”
Nygard allegedly preyed on girls at occasions known as “Pamper Events,” held at his properties in Marina del Rey, Calif., and within the Bahamas. Some girls, together with minors, had been drugged at these occasions to pressure their compliance, prosecutors say. He additionally lured victims with the promise of careers within the style business, in response to the indictment.
Jay Prober, Nygard’s lawyer, informed The New York Times that he denied the fees towards his shopper. A bail listening to is about for Jan. 13, however Prober is looking for a listening to as early as subsequent week, the Instances reported.
Nygard’s neighbor within the Bahamas, Louis Bacon, had additionally filed a lawsuit towards the style mogul accusing him of sexually exploiting teenage women. The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of 10 girls who accused Nygard of sexual assault, in response to the Instances.
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