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Coverage of accusations against Winnipeg business icon Peter Nygard

A class-action lawsuit alleges Winnipeg fashion mogul Peter Nygard lured women, many under the age of 18, to his Bahamian estate so he could assault, rape and sodomize them — part of a decades-long sex-trafficking scheme his companies helped him achieve.

 

Number of accusers in Nygard sex-crimes lawsuit climbs to 46

Peter Nygard in 2018. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Peter Nygard in 2018. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Posted: 21/04/2020 7:00 PM

Three dozen more women have stepped forward to publicly accuse embattled fashion mogul Peter Nygard of drugging, assaulting and raping them over the course of five decades, including 18 Canadians and multiple Winnipeggers.

The accusations are part of a class-action lawsuit originally filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on Feb. 13. Late Monday night, the lawsuit was amended, expanding the number of accusers to 46 from 10.

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Court orders Nygard companies into receivership

The Nygard Group of companies has been ordered into receivership, after a judge ruled Wednesday it had not acted in good faith with its lenders and an insolvency trustee. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)			</p>
The Nygard Group of companies has been ordered into receivership, after a judge ruled Wednesday it had not acted in good faith with its lenders and an insolvency trustee. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Posted: 19/03/2020 2:08 PM

The Nygard Group of companies has been ordered into receivership, after a judge ruled Wednesday it had not acted in good faith with its lenders and an insolvency trustee.

"I am satisfied in light of the materials filed that a receiver should be appointed immediately to take control of the Nygard Group of companies," Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Justice James Edmond said.

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Nygard Group gets temporary reprieve from going into receivership

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES			</p>												
																														
		
	
	
			
					<p>A judge has suspended a move by U.S. lenders to put the Nygard Group of companies into receivership.			</p>
MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

A judge has suspended a move by U.S. lenders to put the Nygard Group of companies into receivership.

Posted: 13/03/2020 7:38 PM

Just days after announcing they were seeking bankruptcy protection, the Nygard Group of companies has staved off being placed into receivership… for now.

In a decision Friday, a judge suspended the move by U.S. lenders White Oak Commercial Finance LLC and Second Avenue Capital Partners, pending the outcome of negotiations between Nygard and finance company Great American Capital.

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Internal memo tells Nygard employees to preserve documents

Peter Nygard has announced his intention to divest ownership of the companies he forged for more than 50 years. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Peter Nygard has announced his intention to divest ownership of the companies he forged for more than 50 years. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Posted: 11/03/2020 7:00 PM

Workers at Peter Nygard’s companies and staff at his properties have been warned not to destroy documents or they could face criminal charges, an internal company memo leaked to the Free Press shows.

The warning comes as the fashion mogul finds himself ensnared by a U.S. federal law enforcement investigation and a class-action lawsuit filed by 10 women accusing him of drugging, raping and sodomizing them.

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Nygard companies plan to seek bankruptcy protection in Canada

A Nygard spokesman says stakeholders are committed to the company's long-term financial stability. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)
A Nygard spokesman says stakeholders are committed to the company's long-term financial stability. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Posted: 10/03/2020 11:43 AM

The group of companies founded by Peter Nygard will seek protection under the Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act amid mounting sex crimes allegations against the Winnipeg fashion mogul.

A spokesman for the group of companies said Tuesday the move is designed to facilitate a corporate restructuring and does not mean it is declaring bankruptcy or in receivership.

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Class-action lawsuit alleges Nygard sexually assaulted 10 women, girls at island estate

Peter Nygard, founder and chairman of Nygard International, is the subject of a class-action lawsuit alleging he lured women, many of them minors, to his Bahamian estate so he could sexually assault them — part of a decades-long sex-trafficking scheme.
Peter Nygard, founder and chairman of Nygard International, is the subject of a class-action lawsuit alleging he lured women, many of them minors, to his Bahamian estate so he could sexually assault them — part of a decades-long sex-trafficking scheme.

Posted: 13/02/2020 8:19 PM

A class-action lawsuit alleges Winnipeg fashion mogul Peter Nygard lured women, many under the age of 18, to his Bahamian estate so he could assault, rape and sodomize them — part of a decades-long sex-trafficking scheme his companies helped him achieve.

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Probe necessary to find out if Nygard bribed police, others in sex crimes: Bahamas official

Bahamas Minister of National Security Marvin Hanlon Dames.
Bahamas Minister of National Security Marvin Hanlon Dames.

Posted: 18/02/2020 7:00 PM

A senior Bahamian politician is calling for an investigation into allegations that Winnipeg fashion mogul Peter Nygard concealed a decades-long sex trafficking ring at his island estate by bribing police and public officials.

A recent class-action lawsuit alleges Nygard, 77, and his business associates lured women — many of them girls under the age of 18 — to his Bahamian estate so he could drug, assault, rape and sodomize them.

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Nygard disputes sex-crime allegations after lawsuit accusers quoted in New York Times story

Peter Nygard is facing a class-action civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault. (Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press files)			</p>
Peter Nygard is facing a class-action civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault. (Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Posted: 24/02/2020 12:52 PM

After a New York Times exposé detailing allegations of rape and sexual abuse against him was published over the weekend, Winnipeg fashion mogul Peter Nygard disputed all accusations through a spokesman Sunday.

Nygard is facing claims in a class-action civil lawsuit filed earlier this month in New York, with 10 women listed as complainants. Since the suit was filed, more women have come forward with corroborating allegations.

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Nygard exits company following FBI raids in New York

Peter Nygard has been under investigation for at least five months by a joint child-exploitation task force of the FBI and the NYPD, according to a report by the New York Times. (Phil Hossack / Free Press files)			</p>
Peter Nygard has been under investigation for at least five months by a joint child-exploitation task force of the FBI and the NYPD, according to a report by the New York Times. (Phil Hossack / Free Press files)

Posted: 25/02/2020 11:45 AM

NEW YORK — Peter Nygard is stepping down from the company he forged for more than a half-century, amid mounting allegations the Winnipeg fashion mogul has run a decades-long sex-trafficking ring with the complicity of countless business associates.

On Tuesday morning, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and detectives from the New York Police Department raided Nygard's corporate headquarters in Times Square.

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Nygard sex scandal endangers business empire

Peter Nygard announced Tuesday he would step down from the company, with plans to divest from the business entirely. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)
Peter Nygard announced Tuesday he would step down from the company, with plans to divest from the business entirely. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Posted: 26/02/2020 3:21 PM

Peter Nygard built his women’s fashion empire through self-promotion and self-mythologization.

His name formed an unmistakable umbrella over his company’s international corporate operations, and his looming visage — plastered on billboards across Winnipeg, and mounted in gigantic photographs at most of his stores worldwide — has long enforced the notion that he is the company and, in turn, the company is him.

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Winnipeg court told Nygard refused to pay bills

In court affidavits, process servers described being unable to personally serve Nygard with court documents despite being told he was present at his various homes. (Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press files)			</p>
In court affidavits, process servers described being unable to personally serve Nygard with court documents despite being told he was present at his various homes. (Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Posted: 03/03/2020 4:52 PM

As sexual assault allegations continue to mount against Peter Nygard, a legal fight over the Winnipeg clothing magnate’s unpaid bills returned to a Winnipeg courtroom Tuesday.

At issue is a 2018 decision by a California arbitrator awarding public relations firm Sitrick Group LLC $1.7 million for unpaid services.

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Vivid details of trauma etched into memories of women who say Nygard raped them as girls

Richette Ross, 35, who worked at Peter Nygard's Bahamian estate from 2009 to 2014 says in February 2014 Nygard drugged and raped her.
Richette Ross, 35, who worked at Peter Nygard's Bahamian estate from 2009 to 2014 says in February 2014 Nygard drugged and raped her.

Posted: 05/03/2020 7:00 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas — They share a common, traumatic experience — all have accused Peter Nygard of raping them as girls.

Years later, as they describe the horror, their ability to recall precise details is striking.

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Nygard company to restructure amid lawsuits

The Nygard headquarters is shown in Winnipeg on February 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
The Nygard headquarters is shown in Winnipeg on February 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Posted: 10/03/2020 1:57 PM

After a string of sexual crime allegations and legal troubles that have ensnared its founder, The Nygard Group of Companies is facing its latest challenge: a corporate restructuring.

The women's fashion company said Tuesday that it is seeking financial support and protection by filing a notice of intention to file a proposal under the Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act "in order to protect the livelihood of thousands of dedicated employees."

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