Fashion Mogul Peter Nygard Arrested And Accused Of Sex Trafficking Of Underage Girls in Federal Indictment
Billionaire businessman and fashion mogul Peter Nygard was arrested by Canadian police in Winnipeg. U.S. Federal authorities have alleged that Nygard used his company to prey on girls and young women that they say he sexually assaulted and used to serve friends and business associates.
Nygard was hit with a nine-count grand jury indictment that included charges of racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, trafficking of minors, forced sex trafficking and transportation of a minor for prostitution.
The criminal acts are alleged to have happened between 1995 and as recently as this year, according to federal prosecutors.
Over this 25-year period, he “used the Nygard Group’s influence, as well as its employees, funds, and other resources, to recruit and maintain adult and minor-aged female victims for Nygard’s sexual gratification and the sexual gratification of his friends and business associates,” U.S. prosecutors said in a statement.
Nygard “frequently targeted women and minor-aged girls who came from disadvantaged economic backgrounds and/or who had a history of abuse,” prosecutors added.
A favorite recruitment tool of Nygard’s were “pamper parties” in the Marina del Rey neighborhood of Los Angeles and the Bahamas, where he’d win over would-be victims with food, drinks and spa services, according to the indictment.
A federal class action lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York alleges that the 77 year old fashion mogul recruited the young women to attend these “pamper parties “ at his lavish mansion. The suit accuses Nygard of luring the young women and girls with cash payments and false promises of modelling opportunities to visit his Bahamian mansion in order to “assault, rape, and sodomize them.” It is also alleged that he drugged many of the children in order to rape them.
At the time of the alleged rapes, which the lawsuit states occurred between 2008 and 2015, three of the women were 14 years old, three others were 15 years old, and another one was 17 years old.
This lawsuit represents one more example of the epidemic of child sexual abuse by the wealthy and powerful. The experienced California and New York child sexual abuse lawyers at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi have represented victims of abuse by wealthy individuals, powerful institutions and celebrities. They are currently representing the alleged victims of Michael Jackson who were featured in the Emmy award winning documentary Leaving Neverland.
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If you know of anyone who has been molested by Peter Nygard and have any information about the case please contact local law enforcement or the FBI.