The indictment, which was filed on Nov. 23 however not unsealed till Tuesday, prices Peter Nygard with 9 counts together with intercourse trafficking and racketeering prices, and alleges that between 1995 and 2020, Nygard and different workers allegedly used modeling and different vogue business jobs to “lure victims into Nygard’s orbit and hold them there.”

Victims have been then “forcibly sexually assaulted, drugged, and/or coerced into sexual contact with Nygard,” the indictment claims. Most of the alleged victims have been underaged women who got here from deprived backgrounds or had a historical past of abuse.

Nygard was arrested on Monday by Canadian authorities and is in custody in Winnipeg.

He’s awaiting bail and extradition proceedings, in keeping with a press launch from Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was chairman of Nygard Worldwide till February, when he stepped down after his places of work have been raided by US authorities.

A Canadian provisional arrest request revealed the “long run” investigation by US authorities into Nygard included interviews with “greater than two dozen” alleged victims, and that he had a minimum of 40 totally different company entities organized around the globe — and that they keep quite a few belongings together with actual property, yachts and different property in a number of nations.

Ken Frydman, a spokesman for Peter Nygard, had no remark when contacted by CNN on Tuesday. Frydman beforehand informed CNN after Nygard’s firm places of work in New York Metropolis and California have been raided that the allegations have been false and meant to wreck Nygard and his companies.

“Nygard welcomes the federal investigation and expects his identify to be cleared,” Frydman stated in a press release to CNN in February.

In keeping with Nygard Worldwide’s now-removed web site, he was identified for his “quick to market” clothes that makes use of an digital system to rapidly transfer garments from being designed to shops.

The indictment, unsealed Tuesday, mentions “a minimum of dozens of grownup and minor-aged females” who’re alleged victims of Nygard, and prosecutors are asking every other victims to come back ahead.

FBI raids fashion mogul Peter Nygard's NY office after he was accused of sex assault and sex trafficking

Prosecutors stated Nygard and a few of his workers used fraud, power and coercion to trigger the victims to interact in business intercourse, and allegedly maintained grownup and minor feminine victims “for Nygard’s sexual gratification and, from time to time, the gratification of Nygard’s private mates and enterprise associates.”

“Nygard maintained management over his victims by way of threats, guarantees to grant or withhold modeling alternatives and different profession development, granting and withholding of monetary help and by different coercive means together with fixed surveillance, restrictions of motion and bodily isolation,” the indictment stated.

“Pamper events” have been gatherings allegedly paid for with Nygard’s enterprise funds that provided free meals, drinks and spa providers, and prosecutors allege they have been one other means that Nygard and a few of his workers recruited victims, the indictment claims. A few of his workers screened attendees for his or her bodily look “to verify that they might enchantment to Nygard earlier than permitting them onto Nygard property,” the indictment claims.

Events usually occurred at his non-public island within the Bahamas, however prosecutors allege Nygard engaged in sexual assault and intercourse trafficking in america, Bahamas, Canada and elsewhere, usually utilizing his workers and firm funds to “intimidate, threaten and corruptly persuade” individuals who alleged wrongdoing, the indictment stated.

The allegations in the indictment match claims that victims have publicly made in lawsuits filed by attorneys Greg Gutzler and Lisa Haba, who informed CNN that greater than 100 victims have come ahead with allegations of abuse since they filed a go well with on behalf of 10 nameless ladies in opposition to him in February.

“It actually has been a global human trafficking ring of a magnitude we have by no means seen,” Lisa Haba informed CNN in a March interview, months earlier than Nygard’s arrest and indictment.

Haba and Gutzler stated they’ve spoken to former workers who labored for Nygard and informed them about their roles in luring, drugging and paying alleged victims of the designer.

“They have been firm workers, they usually have been employed merely to effectuate the intercourse trafficking ring. That was what their job was,” Gutzler informed CNN in March.

After information of Nygard’s arrest, Gutzler stated in a press release to CNN that the group representing victims hopes Nygard’s accomplices and co-conspirators are delivered to justice.

“On behalf of the handfuls of survivors of decades-long abuse, we’re inspired {that a} small measure of justice for Peter Nygard is lastly creating,” Gutzler’s assertion stated. “We’re relieved that some measure of accountability is hopefully forthcoming, however we might be remiss if we didn’t state that that is one thing that ought to have been finished many years in the past.”

CNN’s Paula Newton contributed to this reporting.


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