Former trend mogul Peter Nygard will stay in custody after a Toronto choose denied him bail on costs of sexual assault and forcible confinement.
Nygard, who as soon as ran his worldwide trend enterprise from Winnipeg, is charged with six counts of sexual assault and three of forcible confinement associated to 6 folks in Toronto.
Ontario justice of the peace John Scarfe denied Nygard’s request for bail Wednesday throughout a digital listening to, which Nygard attended over Zoom from the Toronto South Detention Centre.
CBC Information can’t report the explanations for the choice as a result of they fall beneath a publication ban that is been positioned on info that arises throughout the bail listening to. The publication ban will stay in place till the conclusion of a trial or the case will get dismissed.
Nygard additionally faces extradition to the US on 9 sex-related costs in New York.
In custody since December 2020
Final 12 months, Nygard waived an extradition listening to and agreed to a ministerial overview of the extradition by federal Justice Minister David Lametti, who will resolve whether or not Nygard’s extradition will await the end result of the Canadian costs or if he will face the U.S. costs given that he be returned to Canada.
Nygard, 80, has been in custody since being arrested in Winnipeg in December 2020.
A Manitoba choose beforehand denied Nygard bail in February 2021 on the U.S. costs. Justice Shawn Greenberg mentioned she was not happy that the bail plan laid out by Nygard’s defence legal professionals would guarantee he wouldn’t contact witnesses or have others contact them.
Nygard’s defence appealed the choice, however Manitoba’s Courtroom of Enchantment dismissed the case. Nygard then sought to have his bail case heard by the Supreme Courtroom, which rejected his utility.
The U.S. costs relate to what the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for the Southern District of New York alleges is “a decades-long sample of legal conduct involving not less than dozens of victims in the US, the Bahamas and Canada, amongst different areas.”
Nygard faces costs of intercourse trafficking and racketeering conspiracy.
The identical day Nygard consented to the ministerial overview of his extradition case, Toronto police arrested him on the Canadian costs and transported him to Ontario.
The costs of sexual assault and forcible confinement within the Toronto case relate to incidents that allegedly occurred between late 1987 and 2006.
Final month, an investigation by CBC’s Fifth Property realized that Manitoba prosecutors declined to cost Nygard after a 10-month investigation by Winnipeg police into allegations of sexual assault from eight ladies in that metropolis.
That investigation additionally revealed particulars about how Nygard prevented prosecution in Winnipeg regardless of a number of complaints to the police, going again so far as 1968, when Winnipeg police charged him with a sexual offence.
Nygard would have been in his 20s on the time.
The costs have been dropped after the lady refused to testify.
Class-action lawsuit on maintain
In 1980, Nygard was charged with rape in Winnipeg, and once more the fees have been withdrawn when the lady refused to testify.
In February 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed in New York accusing Nygard of rape, sexual assault and human trafficking, with some allegations going again so far as 1977.
That lawsuit is on maintain till the legal case in opposition to Nygard has concluded.
Nygard amassed a fortune after founding the ladies’s clothes firm Nygard Worldwide, which filed for chapter in 2020.
Not one of the allegations in opposition to Nygard have been confirmed in courtroom, and he has maintained his innocence.