Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard has been denied bail in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard has been denied bail and will be held in Toronto pending trial in Canada.
Nygard is charged with six counts of sexual assault and three counts of forcible confinement, which Toronto police say relate to alleged incidents in the late 1980s and mid-2000s.
He denied all the allegations.
None of the evidence or arguments presented in court may be published due to a standard publication ban, and none of the plaintiffs can be identified.
Nygard, the former head of a multimillion-dollar clothing company, was flown to Toronto from Winnipeg in October to face charges. He was first arrested in Winnipeg in 2020 under the Extradition Act after being charged with nine sex-related counts in New York.
On the same day last October that Nygard agreed to be extradited to the United States to face a sex trafficking charge, Toronto police announced their own charges.
The U.S. extradition request details the accounts of seven alleged victims who claim their livelihood and travel became dependent on sex with Nygard.
He is also the subject of a class action lawsuit in the United States involving 57 women with similar allegations.
Nygard founded her fashion business in Winnipeg in 1967. It grew from a partial stake in a women’s clothing manufacturer to a brand sold in stores around the world.
He resigned as president of his company after the FBI and police raided his offices in New York in February 2020.
Nygard International has since filed for bankruptcy.