Canadian vogue mogul Peter Nygård has been arrested in Winnipeg.
Court docket data present Nygård, who’s 79, was arrested underneath the extradition act and was to look in a Winnipeg courtroom on Tuesday afternoon.
Early this 12 months US federal authorities raided Nygård’s Manhattan headquarters, a search that got here amid claims he trafficked and sexually assaulted dozens of teenage women and girls.
The FBI searched the designer’s Occasions Sq. places of work lower than two weeks after 10 girls filed a lawsuit accusing Nygård of attractive younger and impoverished girls to his property within the Bahamas with money and guarantees of modeling alternatives.
A number of plaintiffs within the swimsuit stated they have been 14 or 15 years previous when Nygård gave them alcohol or medication after which raped them.
The designer is going through a category motion lawsuit in the USA alleging the sexual assault of dozens of ladies.
Fifty-seven girls – together with 18 Canadians – have joined the lawsuit, which alleges that Nygård used violence, intimidation, bribery and firm workers to lure victims and keep away from accountability for many years.
Nygård has denied all allegations and blames a conspiracy attributable to a feud together with his billionaire neighbor within the Bahamas.
Nygård Worldwide started in Winnipeg as a sportswear producer. Its web site says its retail division has greater than 170 shops in North America.
The category-action lawsuit says Nygård used his firm, bribery of Bahamian officers and “appreciable affect within the vogue business” to recruit victims within the Bahamas, United States and Canada.
It alleges he plied the younger girls with medication and alcohol throughout “pamper events” and stored a database on a company server containing the names of hundreds of potential victims.
Nygård’s victims would have their passports taken from them after they have been flown into the Bahamas, the lawsuit alleges, including the designer “anticipated a intercourse act earlier than he was prepared to think about releasing any individual” from his property.
A spokesman for Nygård stated earlier this 12 months he was stepping down as chairman of Nygård corporations and can divest his possession curiosity.