Trend government Peter Nygard was arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the US for intercourse trafficking and different crimes just like the accusations leveled towards notorious intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The Division of Justice introduced on Tuesday that the 79-year-old faces fees of “racketeering, intercourse trafficking, and associated crimes arising out of a decades-long sample of legal conduct involving no less than dozens of victims in the US, the Bahamas, and Canada, amongst different areas.”
The indictment alleges that the style tycoon used his firm’s sources “to recruit and keep grownup and minor-aged feminine victims for Nygard’s sexual gratification and the sexual gratification of his mates and enterprise associates.”
Nygard is claimed to be mates with British Royal Prince Andrew, who has confronted questions over his relationship with deceased financier and convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was additionally accused of intercourse trafficking. Andrew reportedly stayed with Nygard at his mansion within the Bahamas in 2000.
Court docket paperwork say that Nygard particularly focused girls and women below 18 who got here from deprived backgrounds and had a historical past of abuse. Nygard is claimed to have purportedly drugged girls and women earlier than profiting from them and “generally forcibly” assaulting those that didn’t comply together with his sexual calls for.
He’s additionally accused of intimidating and silencing his victims “by way of threats, false guarantees of modelling alternatives and different profession development, monetary assist, and by different coercive means, together with fixed surveillance, restrictions of motion, and bodily isolation.”
The Finnish-Canadian millionaire was arrested in Winnipeg on Monday and made a courtroom look the following day. Nygard has denied all fees and his lawyer vows that his shopper might be “vindicated” in courtroom. US authorities are presently in search of his extradition.
The indictment comes after 57 girls filed a lawsuit in February towards the style government claiming sexual abuse. One plaintiff within the go well with stated Nygard raped her in 2004 when she was 16.
In late February, the FBI and NYPD raided Nygard’s New York workplaces as a part of a intercourse trafficking investigation.
Based on reviews, his personal events bore a putting resemblance to the soirees hosted by Epstein, full with a faux Mayan temple, a disco with a stripper pole, and showy animal sculptures – sights paying homage to Epstein’s notorious Lolita Island. Epstein died from obvious suicide whereas awaiting trial in jail final 12 months. His affiliate, Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested in July. She is presently making an attempt to safe her launch with a bail deal value almost $30 million.
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