Former Winnipeg trend mogul Peter Nygard is protecting judicial programs in a couple of nation busy — as critical expenses in opposition to him hold piling up.
The courts have but to resolve if Nygard is responsible of being an insatiable serial sexual predator. Or, as his defence counsel has argued, merely the hapless sufferer of dozens of girls in a number of international locations ganging as much as tarnish his fame by accusing him of sexual assault.
Nygard, 80, signed a consent order agreeing to be extradited to the US to face expenses on intercourse trafficking, racketeering, and associated crimes filed within the Southern District of New York, Manitoba Court docket of Queen’s Bench heard Friday.
The Southern District of New York stated the U.S. expenses stem from allegations “a decades-long sample of prison conduct involving at the very least dozens of victims in the US, the Bahamas and Canada and different places.”
The alleged victims embrace ladies and women.
“(Nygard) used the Nygard Group’s affect, in addition to its staff, funds, and different sources, to recruit and keep grownup and minor-aged feminine victims for (his) sexual gratification and the sexual gratification of his mates and enterprise associates,” stated a U.S. Justice Division assertion.
The as soon as flamboyant, high-rolling, globe-trotting Nygard who went in all places with a mannequin on his arm was arrested in his Winnipeg residence Dec. 14 2020 by RCMP on the request of the U.S.
On Thursday, Toronto police charged Nygard with six counts of sexual assault and three counts of forcible confinement involving six ladies, one a minor on the time of the alleged assault, CBC’s Fifth Property reported.
The alleged incidents spanned greater than 20 years beginning within the mid-Nineteen Eighties.
It stays unsure if these most up-to-date expenses will have an effect on the extradition course of. The last word choice rests with Canada’s justice minister.
Nygard has the appropriate to use for bail. Previous makes an attempt have been denied. As have motions for publication bans.
Regardless of agreeing to being extradited, Nygard insists he’s harmless, stated his lawyer Brian Greenspan.
“As prior to now, Mr. Nygard denies any allegations of prison conduct. He denies any suggestion that he engaged in conduct for which he must be charged criminally,” stated Greenspan after the listening to.
In the meantime, since December 2020, Manitoba Justice has been deciding whether or not or to not lay expenses in opposition to Nygard based mostly on eight recordsdata referred from Winnipeg Police Service to the Crown prosecutor’s workplace.
Nonetheless, there aren’t any excellent expenses in Manitoba.
Nygard who as soon as hosted events in his mansions California and the Bahamas attended by celebrities like Prince Andrew and Oprah Winfrey, has been in custody in Manitoba’s Headingley Correctional Centre for many of his confinement.
Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Normal