Fashion Tycoon Convicted of Sexual Assaults

'Canada's Jeffrey Epstein' is also fighting extradition to US on other charges
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2020 2:23 PM CST
Updated Nov 13, 2023 12:30 AM CST
'Canada's Jeffrey Epstein' Indicted on US Charges
In this 2014 file photo, Peter Nygard attends the Oscars Viewing Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Nygard faces criminal charges in New York after his Canadian arrest on charges that he dangled opportunities in fashion and modeling to lure dozens of women and girls to have sex with himself and others.   (Annie I. Bang /Invision/AP, File)
UPDATE Nov 13, 2023 12:30 AM CST

"Canada's Jeffrey Epstein" was convicted in Toronto on Sunday of sexually assaulting women between the late 1980s and 2005. Fashion tycoon Peter Nygard, 82, was found guilty of four counts, the Guardian reports. He was acquitted on the fifth count of sexual assault as well as one count of forcible confinement, the BBC reports. Five women testified against him during the six-week trial, during which his defense team denied the allegations and painted his accusers, who were between the ages of 16 and 28 at the time of the assaults, as "gold diggers." Nygard faces further allegations in Quebec, Manitoba, and the US.

Dec 15, 2020 2:23 PM CST

A man the Canadian media have been calling "Canada's Jeffrey Epstein" was arrested in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Monday at the request of American prosecutors and is facing extradition to the US. Fashion tycoon Peter Nygard is accused of "a decades-long pattern of criminal conduct involving at least dozens of victims in the United States, the Bahamas, and Canada, among other locations," the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York says in a statement. Prosecutors say the 79-year-old used his company's influence and resources to "recruit and maintain adult and minor-aged female victims" for the sexual gratification of him and his friends over a 25-year period, the New York Times reports. He has been indicted on crimes including racketeering and sex trafficking.

Nygard has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 50 women, and his New York office was raided in February by a joint FBI-NYPD child-exploitation task force, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Prosecutors say some of Nygard's victims were drugged. Dozens of women have joined a class-action lawsuit accusing him of rape and sexual assault. "The survivors of our lawsuit have been waiting for this day for a very long time," Lisa Haba, one of the lawyers representing victims, tells the CBC. "Peter Nygard's arrest marks the next chapter in holding him and his accomplices accountable for the unspeakable crimes against women and children they have perpetuated for decades. We will continue to seek justice." (Read more Peter Nygard stories.)

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