Fashion mogul Peter Nygard arrested in Canada on sex charges

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According to an indictment, he capitalized on the Nygard Group’s influence, using its employees, funds and resources to recruit women and girls under the age of 18. Nygard’s accusers had their passports taken from them when they were flown into the Bahamas, the lawsuit alleges, adding the designer “expected a sex act before he was willing to consider releasing any person” from his estate.A spokesman for Nygard said earlier this year he was stepping down as chairman of Nygard companies and would divest his ownership interest.Nygard International began in Winnipeg as a sportswear manufacturer. Trending News

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Kenyan man charged with plotting 9/11-style attack on U.S. His lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, declined comment.His arrest on sex trafficking charges came after U.S. First published on December 15, 2020 / 4:57 PM Peter Nygard seen February 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California. The indictment alleged that Nygard and his co-conspirators, including Nygard Group employees, used force, fraud and coercion to enlist the women and girls, who were sexually abused and assaulted by Nygard and others.Fifty-seven women, 18 of whom are Canadian, have joined the lawsuit, which alleges Nygard used violence, intimidation, bribery and company employees to lure victims and avoid accountability for decades.The allegations in the criminal case mirror claims in a class-action lawsuit that Nygard used his company, bribery of Bahamian officials and “considerable influence in the fashion industry” to recruit victims in the Bahamas, United States and Canada.It alleges he plied the young women with drugs and alcohol during “pamper parties” and kept a database on a corporate server containing the names of thousands of potential victims. Several plaintiffs in the suit, filed in New York City, said they were 14 or 15 years old when Nygard gave them alcohol or drugs and then raped them.Nygard has denied all allegations and blames a conspiracy caused by a feud with his billionaire neighbor in the Bahamas. Getty Images

In announcing criminal charges, authorities said Nygard used the prestige of an international clothing design, manufacturing, and supply business he founded and headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada, to persuade victims to submit to his demands. Fashion mogul Peter Nygard arrested in Canada on sex trafficking charges

December 15, 2020 / 4:57 PM
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Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard was arrested Monday on charges alleging he sexually abused women and girls after luring them into his orbit with opportunities in fashion and modeling over the last 25 years. The 79-year-old Nygard awaited an appearance in a Winnipeg courtroom after his Monday arrest by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States. The FBI raid came soon after 10 women sued Nygard, saying he enticed young and impoverished women to his Bahamas estate with cash and promises of modeling and fashion opportunities. Its website says its retail division has more than 170 stores in North America.