Canadian trend mogul Peter Nygard agreed on Friday to be extradited to america to face fees of racketeering and intercourse trafficking.
Nygard, the 80-year-old founding father of Canadian clothes firm Nygard Worldwide, was indicted on federal intercourse trafficking fees in December. He consented to extradition to problem fees towards him within the U.S., in accordance with feedback from Nygard’s legal professional Brian Greenspan throughout a listening to in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“He all the time unequivocally maintains his innocence of any wrongdoing,” Greenspan mentioned , as seen in a livestream of the listening to.
Nygard is accused of trafficking dozens of girls and underage ladies for intercourse for over 25 years. If convicted, he faces as much as a lifetime in jail. The style mogul appeared on Friday through a video from the power in Canada the place he’s being held.
FASHION TYCOON INDICTED ON DECADESLONG SEX-TRAFFICKING ALLEGATIONS
Prosecutors within the U.S. declare Nygard used assets from his firm, which filed for chapter safety in 2020, to assist him management girls by surveillance and bodily restraint at his properties in Marina del Rey, California, and his house within the Bahamas.
He’s accused of internet hosting “pamper events,” utilizing staff and “girlfriends” to let victims know he was curious about having sexual activity with them and paying them in money. A number of the unwilling members had been drugged or coerced into intercourse with Nygard and his associates, in accordance with a Dec. 15 Justice Division readout .
Nygard, born in Finland, has been held in a jail outdoors of Winnipeg since his December arrest after a number of unsuccessful makes an attempt to win bail. Toronto police mentioned Friday an arrest warrant towards Nygard was issued on six counts of sexual assault and three counts of forcible confinement for a half-dozen incidents that allegedly occurred between October 1987 and March 2006.
Canada’s minister of justice should approve the extradition of Nygard, that means he will not instantly be despatched to the U.S. till additional movement. The style mogul can nonetheless problem the choice.