Fashion mogul agrees to extradition to US on human trafficking charges in Winnipeg court
Toronto Police have announced multiple allegations of sexual assault against former fashion mogul Peter Nygaard. Meanwhile, the 80-year-old designer agreed to be extradited to face charges in the United States in court on Friday.
Nygard has been charged with six counts of sexual assault and three counts of forcibly taking six women hostage, the Toronto Police Service said in a news release.
The alleged attacks mainly took place between the 1980s and 2000s.
29, members of the sex crimes – human trafficking enforcement team obtained an arrest warrant for Nygard, who has been implicated in six cases where a man forcibly took a woman hostage and sexually assaulted her.
Nygaard is currently being held in custody in Manitoba, where he awaits extradition to the United States.
Nygaard was arrested in December 2020 on charges of sex trafficking and racketeering. He faces nine charges in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
US officials accused Nygaard of using his influence in the fashion industry to woo women and girls with the promise of modeling and other financial opportunities. He has denied all the allegations.
He appeared in court in Winnipeg for an extradition hearing Friday morning, where he only consented to be extradited to the United States on charges of sex trafficking.
Nygard’s attorney, Brian Greenspan, said after the court hearing that his client had maintained his innocence, even though he had consented to extradition.
“As in the past, Mr. Nygaard denies any allegation of criminal conduct. He denies any suggestion that he engaged in conduct for which he should be criminally charged,” Greenspan said.
A class-action lawsuit has been launched in the United States accusing Nygaard of sexually assaulting dozens of women.
With files from the Canadian Press
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times