Former style govt Peter Nygård plead not responsible to sexual assault fees Thursday in a Toronto courtroom.
Individually, the 82-year-old’s extradition to the U.S. for what authorities have alleged amounted to a minimum of 25 years of prison habits remains to be pending.
In Toronto, Nygård is going through 5 counts of sexual assault and one depend of forcible confinement. The full variety of fees was decreased after a courtroom heard final week that three of the eight unique complainants within the case aren’t anticipated to testify.
Attorneys for Nygård didn’t reply instantly to media requests Friday nor did representatives for the U.S. lawyer common’s workplace for the Southern District of New York.
With jury choice underway, his trial in Canada’s Superior Court docket of Justice is reportedly anticipated to start subsequent week and final for six to seven weeks.
Nygård constructed a multimillion-dollar signature firm that was primarily based in Manitoba beginning in 1967. His reasonably priced sportswear was as soon as bought at Dillard’s, different department shops and freestanding Nygård shops. At its top, Nygård’s sportswear enterprise was a $500 million operation. After a 2020 FBI and NYPD raid, Nygård stepped down as chairman of his firm, which later filed Chapter 11.
In December 2020, Nygård was taken into custody by Canadian authorities, and U.S. officers launched a nine-count indictment charging Nygård with racketeering, intercourse trafficking, and associated crimes that allegedly concerned “a minimum of dozens of victims” over a long time within the U.S., the Bahamas and Canada amongst different areas.
Led by the Southern District of New York’s lawyer common, U.S. authorities have alleged that from about 1995 to 2020, Nygård used the Nygård Group’s affect, staff, funds, and different sources, to recruit and keep grownup and minor-aged females — together with these from deprived backgrounds — for his sexual gratification and the sexual gratification of his pals and enterprise associates, in accordance with the indictment.
A spokesman for U.S. district decide Paul Gardephe, who’s dealing with the U.S. case, declined any remark Friday and Gardephe was not instantly obtainable.