Last week, fashion mogul Peter Nygard was denied bail in Winnipeg, Canada.
The 79-year-old has been in custody since he was arrested on Dec. 14. He is accused of sexually abusing and trafficking women and girls after luring them with money and promises of career opportunities in the fashion industry.
Canadian judge Justice Shawn Greenberg said she was not satisfied that the bail plan laid out by the defense attorneys would ensure that Nygard wouldn’t contact witnesses or have others contact him on his behalf, CBC news reported. According to the Canadian news outlet, U.S. authorities have until Feb. 12 to make a formal request for Nygard’s extradition.
Nygard’s bail hearing started on Jan. 19, and it was originally scheduled for two days. Then on Jan. 20, his defense team was given more time after Greenberg raised concerns about the original bail. CBC noted that while Greenberg said she is satisfied that the revised plan presented in court would prevent Nygard from being a flight risk, she is concerned that he may tamper with evidence.
“On behalf of the survivors of Peter Nygard’s decades-long sex trafficking conspiracy, we thank the Court for recognizing the imminent danger that he and his myriad conspirators pose to the safety and well-being of society,” Greg Gutzler, counsel for the plaintiffs, told Fox News. “This is the first step in a belated path to justice for hundreds of innocent victims.”
More than 80 women in the Bahamas, Canada, and the United States have joined a class-action lawsuit accusing Nygard and his companies of rape, sexual assault, and sex trafficking.
Before the announcement, The Discovery Channel’s discovery+ released a new docu-series titled “Unseemly: The Investigation of Peter Nygard,” which explores how the Finnish fashion designer allegedly preyed on dozens of women and teenage girls over a 25-year period. It features interviews with several of his accusers.
In response to the documentary, as well as the claims being made, Nygard’s attorney told Fox News: “I can tell you that Peter Nygard vehemently denies the allegations and fully expects to be vindicated.”
Nygard’s arrest on sex trafficking, racketeering, and related charges came after the FBI raided his Manhattan offices last year. Nygard is also accused of using violence, intimidation, bribery, and company employees to lure victims and avoid accountability.
The raid came after ten women sued Nygard, saying he enticed young and impoverished women to his Bahamas estate. Several plaintiffs in the suit, filed in New York City, said they were 14 or 15 years old when Nygard allegedly gave them alcohol or drugs and then raped them.
Not surprisingly, Nygard also has connections to Prince Andrew and deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The case against Nygard is being pursued by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. This is the same prosecutor seeking to question Andrew about his links to Epstein, whose Caribbean island the Prince often visited. Nygard also had his own island in the Caribbean where similar sex-romps with underage girls occurred and where Andrew was often seen with the fashion mogul.