Trend mogul Peter Nygard has been charged with intercourse trafficking and extortion

Businessman Peter Nygard joins Norby Walters ’26. Annual 100-Star Oscar Viewing Night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

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New York prosecutors have indicted Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard in connection with an investigation into allegations he trafficked and sexually assaulted dozen of girls and women for years.

The nine charges from the southern borough of New York also accuse 79-year-old Nygard of extortion and other crimes. According to press reports in that country, he was taken into custody in Canada Monday evening.

The US federal authorities raided Nygard’s Manhattan headquarters earlier this year. The search was made on the allegation that he trafficked and sexually assaulted dozen of teenage girls and women.

Last February, News 4 reported that the FBI and NYPD raided the designer’s Times Square offices after 10 women filed a lawsuit in early 2020 accusing Nygard of providing young and impoverished women with cash and promises of modeling opportunities to have lured him to his property in the Bahamas.

Several plaintiffs in the lawsuit said they were 14 or 15 years old when Nygard gave them alcohol or drugs and then raped them.

The designer is facing a class action lawsuit for the sexual assault of dozens of women.

Fifty-seven women – including 18 Canadians – have joined the lawsuit alleging that Nygard used violence, intimidation, bribery and company employees to lure victims and evade accountability for decades.

Nygard has denied all allegations, accusing a conspiracy caused by a feud with his billionaire neighbor in the Bahamas.

Nygard International started out in Winnipeg as a manufacturer of sportswear. According to its website, the retail division has more than 170 stores in North America.

The class action lawsuit alleges that Nygard used his company, bribery of Bahamian officials and “significant influence over the fashion industry” to recruit victims in the Bahamas, the US and Canada.

It is alleged that he drugged and alcoholized the young women during “pampering parties” and kept a database of thousands of potential victims on a corporate server.

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