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Peter Nygardthe Canadian fashion executive, has been charged with sex trafficking, racketeering conspiracy and other crimes that involved dozens of women and teenage girls as victims in the United States, the Bahamas and Canada, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said on Tuesday.
He was arrested in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Monday at the request of the United States under an extradition treaty, the U. He is now being held in a Manitoba jail. The indictment accused Mr. Nygard of targeting victims from disadvantaged economic backgrounds and, in some cases, with a history of abuse.
Nygard to be vindicated. His lawyer in New York, Elkan Abramowitz, declined to comment. As recently as two years ago, Mr. Nygard plastered his image on billboards around Winnipeg — wearing a tight shirt that revealed glistening biceps and flowing hair.
In court in Winnipeg on Tuesday, he appeared weak and shaky, wearing a sweatshirt and his hair in a messy bun. Chains bound his wrists and ankles.
He was ordered to be held pending further court proceedings. A bail hearing was scheduled for Jan. Prober said he planned to seek a hearing as early as next Women want sex Barker New York. Although Canadian courts usually grant extradition to the United States, the process can take years. Nygard and his neighbor in the Bahamas led to a lawsuit accusing Mr. Nygard of sexually assaulting minors there. In the article, dozens of women and former employees described how alleged victims were lured to Mr.
The fight between Mr. Nygard and his neighbor, Louis Bacon, a hedge fund billionaire, complicated matters. Two of the women who initially said Mr. Nygard raped them later recanted, saying they were paid to fabricate their claims. For years, Mr. Nygard blamed Mr. Bacon for any allegations against him. But The Times documented a pattern of complaints stretching back four decades, well before the feud, and showed how Mr. Nygard used his money and threats to silence his alleged victims.
The indictment features some of the same allegations as the lawsuit, which was filed in New York in February. More than 80 women have ed on as plaintiffs. The New York Times would like to hear from readers who want to share messages and materials with our journalists. Tamika Ferguson, a plaintiff in the lawsuit, said Mr.
Nygard raped her in during a party at his home, when she was She said she was overwhelmed after learning about the indictment. April Telek, 47, a Canadian actress, said she was raped and held against her will by Mr. She is also part of the lawsuit and has given a statement to the Winnipeg police, but has not been contacted by American authorities.
Telek said. The charges against Mr. Nygard were announced on Tuesday by the U. The Times reported in February that the investigation was being conducted by a t child exploitation task force. A court affidavit by the Canadian authorities filed in Winnipeg said that Mr. Federal authorities ly investigated Mr. Nygard on allegations of sex trafficking between and without filing any charges. The F. For decades, Mr. He dated celebrities like Anna Nicole Smith and fathered at least 10 children with eight women. Born in Finland, he grew up in Canada, launching his multinational fashion company, Nygard International, in Winnipeg more than 50 years ago.
The indictment charged that Mr. Nygard used the prospect of modeling and other fashion industry jobs to lure women and teenage girls. It said that he also he used company funds to pay for so-called pamper parties. There, employees told The Times, he recruited victims with free drinks, manicures and massages. Nygard International, a privately held company that once claimed to employ 12, people, is known mainly for selling leggings and tops to middle-age women through its own outlets and department stores in Canada and the United States.
He built lavish apartments in his office buildings. In March, the company filed for bankruptcy in Canada and in the United States. Got a confidential news tip? Learn More.
William K. Rashbaum and Kim Wheeler contributed reporting.Women want sex Barker New York
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Fashion Mogul Peter Nygard Indicted on Sex-Trafficking Charges