Peter Nygard, Canadian clothes producer, accused of raping 10 ladies in civil class-action lawsuit
Ten ladies have filed a civil class-action lawsuit, accusing Peter Nygard, of raping them at his seashore mansion within the Bahamas. (Annie I. Bang/The Related Press)
Ten ladies filed a civil class-action lawsuit on Thursday accusing one in every of Canada’s wealthiest businessmen and clothes producers, Peter Nygard, of raping them at his seashore mansion within the Bahamas, and running what they check with as a “intercourse trafficking ring.”
The ladies are in the hunt for damages for the alleged rapes.
3 of the ladies have been 14 years previous on the time of the alleged rapes. 3 others have been 15 years previous.
The alleged rapes happened between 2008 and 2015.
The ladies aren’t named within the lawsuit “to offer protection to their identities on account of the delicate and extremely private nature of this topic.”
In step with the lawsuit, filed in New York, Nygard “recruited, lured, and enticed younger, impressionable, and continuously impoverished youngsters and ladies, with money bills and false guarantees of profitable modeling alternatives to attack, rape, and sodomize them.”
There aren’t any legal fees related to any of the allegations.
Nygard’s legal professional “vigorously” denied the accusations as “utterly false [and] with out basis” in a observation Thursday.
“Peter Nygard seems to be ahead to totally exposing this rip-off, and as soon as and for all clearing his title,” mentioned Jay Prober.
Nygard operates a multi-million buck clothes empire, based totally in Winnipeg. In step with its web page, the privately owned corporate operates greater than 170 retail outlets throughout North The united states.
Lawsuit alleges bribery
The lawsuit is going directly to accuse Nygard of drugging ladies through placing “Rohypnol and/or different mind-altering medicine of their beverages.”
It additionally alleges he “initiated a scheme to buy police coverage and political quilt within the Bahamas through making common bills of tens of 1000’s of greenbacks to regulation enforcement, executive officers, regulators, or even to a former Cupboard Minister who turned into the Top Minister of the Bahamas.”
It additional claims “Nygard additionally paid other people, the use of Nygard Corporate cash, to intimidate his former ‘girlfriends’ through slashing their tires, committing arson, paying police to threaten to arrest them, and through having them adopted.”
“This lawsuit was once anticipated,” mentioned Prober, his legal professional.
Prober says the lawsuit is the newest in a decade-long try to wreck his popularity through his former neighbour within the Bahamas, U.S. billionaire and previous hedge fund proprietor Louis William Maxwell Aitken.
Their dispute started as a noise criticism, and has advanced into a couple of court cases in a couple of international locations spanning greater than 10 years.
Nygard’s most up-to-date prison attack in opposition to William Maxwell Aitken was once introduced in New York in November 2019
It alleges William Maxwell Aitken has employed a staff of legal professionals and personal investigators who’re “enticing in a trend of illicit and unlawful habits designed to improperly affect witnesses to make false statements, report false reviews, abuse procedure, tortiously intrude with trade members of the family and assist and abet the dissemination of false statements … concerned with the intentional goal of destructive [Nygard].”
Nygard says allegations within the lawsuit filed Thursday are a reaction to his November lawsuit in opposition to William Maxwell Aitken, pronouncing the complainants have been “purchased off to make such false claims.”
In step with Thursday’s lawsuit the alleged rapes happened after or right through what Nygard has known as “pamper events” at his house within the Bahamas.
His body of workers have been steered to recruit younger ladies for the weekly events, the lawsuit claims. When visitors checked in, their main points can be entered in a database and pictures despatched to Nygard for assessment.
“Nygard would then use this data to choose his attainable sufferers for the night time,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit claims Nygard has a database of greater than 7,500 underage women and girls.
The lawsuit accuses Nygard of drugging ladies through placing “Rohypnol and/or different mind-altering medicine of their beverages.” There aren’t any legal fees related to any of the allegations. Nygard’s legal professional has denied the accusations. (YouTube)
The lawsuit additionally contains main points of the alleged attacks in opposition to the 10 ladies who made the allegations.
The allegations come with vaginal rape, anal rape, oral intercourse and requests to urinate or defacate in Nygard’s mouth.
In step with the lawsuit, probably the most complainants, who was once 14 on the time, says the come across started with Nygard appearing her pornography, then Nygard requested her to make use of a intercourse toy on him and it ended when he raped her “inflicting her extrordinary trauma and ache.”
The lawsuit says he paid the complainants 1000’s of greenbacks after every of the rapes.
He resorted to ways of violence, intimidation, bribery, and payoff to try to silence the sufferers and to proceed his scheme.”-civil class-action lawsuit
“The Nygard Firms fund all of Nygard’s ‘pamper events’ through moving money from the corporate’s checking account in Canada and routing it via New York,” the lawsuit says.
“[Nygard’s] destruction of blameless lives is immeasurable,” it says.
“When Nygard turned into acutely aware of the investigation into his intercourse trafficking ring, he resorted to ways of violence, intimidation, bribery, and payoffs to try to silence the sufferers and to proceed his scheme”
There’s a 10-year statute of boundaries for circumstances like this underneath New York regulation.
The lawsuit requests or not it’s prolonged since the complainants “have been impeded on account of a mix of pressure, threats of pressure, disgrace, embarrassment, concern, political and regulation enforcement corruption, susceptible regulations which are hardly enforced to offer protection to the sufferer, and bribery.”
If no longer some accusers could also be barred from the swimsuit. The category-action lawsuit should even be qualified through a pass judgement on ahead of it might probably continue.
Further court cases
Thursday’s allegations apply two further court cases accusing Nygard of sexual attack, filed in Los Angeles in January, that got here to mild lately
Nygard denies the ones allegations as neatly.
One lawsuit is from an unnamed girl who claims Nygard sexually assaulted and falsely imprisoned her whilst she was once a minor. The age of consent in California is 18.
The incidents started, the lawsuit alleges, at Nygard’s house in California in 2012 and persevered right through a go back and forth to China on his non-public aircraft, in a membership in New York and and whilst visiting Florida.
“Nygard dedicated sexual battery upon the plaintiff through appearing with the intent to reason a damaging or offensive touch with intimate portions of the plaintiff’s frame,” the lawsuit alleges.
Plaintiff objected to being compelled to be curious about shopping ladies for Defendant Nygard. She advised him that she was once no longer a madam and that she didn’t wish to be curious about those actions.– civil class-action lawsuit
“Defendant Nygard deliberately disadvantaged Plaintiff of her freedom of motion by way of risk, fraud, deceit and/or unreasonable durres, for an considerable time frame.”
The second one lawsuit was once filed through a former worker of Nygard, who says she controlled a clinical hashish facility for him in Los Angeles.
The lady is called within the lawsuit, however CBC Information has determined to withhold her id on account of the character of the allegations.
She claims in her lawsuit that Nygard touched her sexually with out consent on a number of events between 2016 and 2018.
Nygard “led to a damaging or offensive touch with [the woman’s] breasts and/or buttocks and/or groin,” the lawsuit alleges.
On one instance, the lawsuit says Nygard mentioned, “that her ‘ass’ seemed wonderful. He mentioned, ‘you recognize what they are saying about pregnant ladies.’ He mentioned ‘they would like it extra’ whilst making ahead movement along with his hips.”
The lawsuit alleges the lady was once ordered to ask ladies to wait events at Nygard’s house in California, and that he would then make a selection a couple of of them to “to stick the night time with him.”
“Defendant Nygard paid those ladies for his or her ‘products and services,'” the lawsuit claims.
“Plaintiff objected to being compelled to be curious about shopping ladies for Defendant Nygard. She advised him that she was once no longer a madam and that she didn’t wish to be curious about those actions.”
In step with the lawsuit, the lady hand over in 2018, following the alleged attacks and claims Nygard did not pay her the wage and advantages he promised. Nygard says court cases filed in Los Angeles also are a part of William Maxwell Aitken’ marketing campaign to wreck his popularity.
Not one of the allegations within the court cases had been confirmed in court docket.