Fashion mogul Peter Nygard resigns from company amid sex-trafficking accusations

27 Février, 2020, 10:04 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Peter Nygard's fashion empire includes brands such as SLIMS Bianca Nygard and TanJay

The FBI searched the designer's Times Square offices Tuesday, less than two weeks after 10 women filed a lawsuit accusing Nygard of enticing young and impoverished women to his estate in the Bahamas with cash and promises of modelling opportunities.

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Criminal defense attorney Anthony Pope discusses the FBI's raid on fashion mogul Peter Nygard in connection to sexual assault complaints spanning 40 years. Ten women say they were raped by the mogul at the compound.

He has long had a reputation for keeping young, attractive women around him.

The Times also interviewed the 10 women, all listed as Jane Does, in the lawsuit.

Nygard, 77, is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation amid allegations he abused girls as young as 14 on his private property in the Bahamas.

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Once the arrived, the girls were entertained at so-called "pamper parties" where Nygard would have bartenders spike their drinks with the date-rape drug Rohypnol.

The fashion maven resigned from Nygard International Tuesday after the Federal Bureau of Investigation and NYPD raided his Times Square office as part of a sex-trafficking probe into him.

'He has not been charged, is not in custody and is cooperating with the investigation, ' he told ABC. All the investigations fizzled.

Pedestrians pass the storefront of Peter Nygard's Times Square headquarters on February 25.

His flagship store and the corporate headquarters of Nygard International are emblazoned with his name and feature a large picture of him, golden muscles flexing, gray hair flowing.

Even though the alleged crimes described to The Times happened in the Bahamas, it's possible to bring both criminal and civil cases against Mr. Nygard in NY because his corporate headquarters is here. He demanded a steady supply of sex partners who hunted for young women at shops, clubs and restaurants to invite to parties and dinners at his Bahamas home, six former employees told The Times. His leggings are sold in stores that bear his name and also in Dillard's. He is worth an estimated $750million.

He founded the office in Winnipeg, and maintains an office there and in Toronto.

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