After years of dodging dozens of sexual assault allegations, fashion mogul Peter Nygård has finally been arrested for sex trafficking and a slew of other charges.
Nygård was a close friend and associate of the notorious billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and court documents reveal that the two led very similar lives.
While it was initially believed that Nygård was just a part of Jeffrey Epstein’s network, it now appears that he was a predator with a trafficking network that was just as organized, ruthless, and elite as Epstein’s.
In fact, Lisa Haba, a Florida attorney who represents the victims, says that Nygård is “worse” than Jeffrey Epstein.
“We have seen a pattern of prolific abuse of women and children over the course of the last 50 years,” Haba said, according to ABC News.
“He has had so much wealth and so much political influence that nobody would touch him,” she added.
The Toronto Sun has called Nygård “The Canadian Jeffrey Epstein.”
Nygård reportedly had his own private island in the Bahamas where he groomed and abused many of his victims.
According to Manhattan prosecutor Audrey Strauss Nygård has been using his wealth and position in the fashion industry to “recruit and maintain” victims in the US, Canada, and the Bahamas.
Nygård allegedly had a criminal network similar to Epstein’s in which he exploited both underage girls and young women, then sold them off to his wealthy friends.
In many cases, Nygård and his friends drugged their victims. They also specifically targeted victims from disadvantaged backgrounds who were less difficult to isolate from their families or friends.
According to the indictment Nygård’s company hosted “Pamper Parties” at his properties in Marina del Rey in California and the Bahamas, where many of the victims were forced to engage in sexual activity with his wealthy associates.
The 79-year old fashion mogul was arrested by RCMP in Manitoba on Monday night. Peter Nygard could face extradition to the United States, where he faces charges relating to sexual assault and racketeering. Mark Neufeld reports.
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He also waged a relentless intimidation campaign against any of the victims who went public with accusations against him, threatening to sue them, destroy their reputations, and even have them arrested.
Earlier this year, 10 women filed a lawsuit against Nygård, accusing him of luring them into his trafficking network by promising them money and modeling opportunities. Some of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit say that they were only 14 or 15 years old when they were drugged and abused by Nygård.
The lawsuit also claims that the victims would have their passports taken once they were flown to the Bahamas, which would allow him to control when they left. He also allegedly expected a sex act from his victims before they were allowed to leave his estate and go anywhere.
Less than two weeks after the lawsuit was filed, Nygård’s offices in New York were raided by police.
Nygård has continued to deny all of the allegations against him even as evidence continues to mount.
A spokesman for Nygård said earlier this year he was stepping down as chairman of Nygård companies and would divest his ownership interest. His current net worth is estimated at $900 million.
Nygård’s eldest son said that he is glad that his father has been arrested and formally charged for the accusations against him.
Peter Nygard's eldest son says he is relieved his father is in custody. Brittany Greenslade reports. pic.twitter.com/FMA45s0hPq
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