Fashion mogul Peter Nygard charged with alleged sex trafficking
Peter Nygard, the fashion designer behind the company that once Canada’s largest producer of women’s clothing has been charged with nine counts of sex trafficking and racketeering offenses involving dozens of women over several decades, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said on Tuesday.
According to announcement, Nygard, 79, was arrested Monday by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States under the extradition treaty of the two countries.
The fashion mogul is accused of a “decades-long pattern of criminal conduct” that has implicated dozens of victims – some minors – in the United States, Bahamas and Canada, among others, according to federal prosecutors.
Some details of the allegations were first made public on Tuesday in an unsealed indictment that alleges that since at least 1995 Nygard has used the influence of his company, Nygard Group, as well as his employees and funds, to “recruit and retain adult and underage female victims” for her own sexual satisfaction, as well as for her associates and friends.
Nygard allegedly targeted underage women and girls from disadvantaged economic backgrounds or with a history of abuse, according to the indictment, and controlled the victims through threats, false promises of career advancement, financial support and other “coercive means”. including constant surveillance, restrictions on their movement and physical isolation.
“Nygard forcibly sexually assaulted some of his victims,” the indictment reads, while “other victims were forcibly assaulted by Nygard’s associates or drugged to ensure they complied with his sexual demands “.
After more than 50 years at the helm of his clothing design, manufacture and supply company, Nygard resigned as president of Nygard International in February of this year after the FBI raided his home and then headquarters. company in Manhattan, as part of a previously undisclosed investigation into multiple rape allegations. With one of the company’s biggest customers, Dillard department stores, refusing to wear his clothes, a spokesperson for Nygard Recount The New York Times that he would retire and relinquish ownership of Nygard International in recognition of “the priority of the welfare of thousands of Nygard employees, retailers, loyal customers, vendors, suppliers and business partners”. Federal trial which was revealed in February was filed by 10 women who accused Nygard of using her business and employees to procure young women who would then be given alcohol and drugs, forcing her victims (known as “girlfriends” ) have sex with other men, and maintain a database of thousands of underage girls on his company’s corporate server. Nygard has spent much of his time in an ultra-wealthy Bahamian community, according to a New York Times investigation, where he would have “demanded a constant supply of sexual partners” that its employees would hunt down by looking for young girls in clubs, restaurants and shops. These alleged victims who, according to the lawsuit, were procured by the company, employees and officials by “through alcohol, drugs, force, fraud and / or other forms of coercion ”were often violated at so-called“ pampering parties ”where Nygard“ recruited, lured and lured young, impressionable and often impoverished children and women, with cash payments and false promises of lucrative modeling opportunities to assault, rape and sodomize them. Earlier this year, Nygard spokesperson Ken Frydman said the entrepreneur hailed the investigation, which he called an attempted smear campaign against rival Louis Bacon, a hedge fund founder who lives next to Nygard in the Bahamas.
“Nygard welcomes federal inquiry and expects name to be cleared”, Frydman Recount ABC News in February. “He has not been charged, is not in custody and is cooperating with the investigation.”
$ 817 million. This is how much Nygard’s net worth was in 2009, according to Canadian business magazine, who class he was the 80th richest Canadian at the time.
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