Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygaard denied bail in Toronto

TORONTO ( Associated Press) — Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygaard has been denied bail and will be detained in Toronto as he awaits trial on charges in Canada.

Nygaard has been charged with six counts of sexual assault and three counts of forced imprisonment, which Toronto police said relate to alleged incidents in the late 1980s and mid-2000s.

He has denied all the allegations.

Due to the standard publication restriction no evidence or argument can be presented in court and no complainant can be identified.

Nygaard, the former head of a multimillion-dollar clothing company, was moved from Winnipeg to Toronto in October to face charges. He was first arrested under the Extradition Act in Winnipeg in 2020 after being charged with nine sex-related counts in New York.

Last October on the same day that Nygaard agreed to be extradited to the United States to face a sex trafficking charge, police in Toronto announced charges of their own.

The extradition request from the US details seven alleged victims who say their livelihood and movement depended on having sex with Nygaard.

She is also the subject of a class-action lawsuit in the US involving 57 women with similar allegations.

Nygard founded his fashion company in Winnipeg in 1967. It grew from a partial stake in a women’s apparel manufacturer to a brand name sold in stores around the world.

He stepped down as the chairman of his company in February 2020 after his offices were raided by the FBI and police in New York City.

Nygard International has since filed for bankruptcy.



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