#minorsextrafficking | Bail hearing for former fashion mogul Peter Nygard for sexual assault charges got underway Thursday


A bail hearing for Canadian fashion designer and accused sex trafficker Peter Nygard began Thursday in Toronto and is expected to continue Friday following weeks of delays.

Details of the hearing cannot be made publicized due to Canada’s court-issued publication ban, but it’s being held to determine whether Nygard will be released from custody as he awaits trials in Canada and the US. 

The once high-flying clothing mogul, now 80, was arrested in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in December 2020 at the request of US officials under the countries’ extradition treaty.  The millionaire was charged with racketeering, sex trafficking and related crimes arising out of a decades-long pattern of criminal conduct involving dozens of victims.

Dressed in orange prison garb and wearing a medical mask, Nygard participated in Thursday’s hearing via a video newsfeed.

He was transferred from Winnipeg to Toronto last October to stand trial for sexual assault and forcible confinement charges alleged to have happened in Ontario’s capital city from 1987 through 2006.

His bail hearing has been pushed back at least twice, although it wasn’t immediately clear what prompted the delays. 

Dressed in an orange shirt and wearing a medical mask, Nygard participated in the hearing via a video news feed

Nygard was charged with sex trafficking and racketeering by US authorities after dozens of women came forward accusing him of using his business to lure them for his own sexual gratification.

The US Department of Justice alleged that between 1995 through about 2020, Nygard used his eponymous fashion house as a way to target vulnerable women and underage girls.

‘He controlled his victims through threats, false promises of modeling opportunities and other career advancement, financial support, and by other coercive means, including constant surveillance, restrictions of movement, and physical isolation,’ the department said in a release.

‘Nygard forcibly sexually assaulted some of his victims. Other victims were forcibly assaulted by Nygard’s associates or drugged to ensure their compliance with his sexual demands.’

The US Department of Justice alleged that between 1995 through about 2020, Nygard used his eponymous fashion house as a way to target vulnerable women and girls

The US Department of Justice alleged that between 1995 through about 2020, Nygard used his eponymous fashion house as a way to target vulnerable women and girls

In an echo of convicted sex fiend Jeffrey Epstein, authorities said Nygard required his girlfriends to recruit new sexual partners for him, and on occasion assaulted partners who refused to comply with his sexual demands. 

They claim his partners were under ‘constant surveillance’ by Nygard and his associates, and were not allowed to leave the premises without permission.

Last October, Nygard agreed in a Canadian court to be extradited to the US to face nine charges of raping dozens of women and girls, racketeering and sex trafficking.

 Canada’s attorney general must still approve the extradition.

Nygard’s previous attempts at being let out on bail failed.

Last January, he asked a Manitoba judge to release him on bail because he claimed he was unable to keep up his sugar-free diet or sleep in a suitable bed in prison.

A Canadian judge could determine Friday whether Nygard makes bail

He is depicted in this January 6, 2022 sketch

Last October, Nygard agreed in a Canadian court to be extradited to the US to face nine charges of raping dozens of women and girls, racketeering and sex trafficking.

Peter Nygard is pictured with then-girlfriend Suelyn Medeiros in 2007. Authorities said he required his girlfriends' to recruit new sexual partners for him, and on occasion assaulted partners who refused to comply with his sexual demands

Peter Nygard is pictured with then-girlfriend Suelyn Medeiros in 2007. Authorities said he required his girlfriends’ to recruit new sexual partners for him, and on occasion assaulted partners who refused to comply with his sexual demands

His request was later denied by Winnipeg Justice Shawn Greenberg, who said she was concerned he could tamper with witnesses if released.

His lawyers had argued that poor health left Nygard vulnerable if he were to be infected by the coronavirus in prison. They had proposed an in-home security guard and 24-hour video surveillance to monitor Nygard if he was released.

Federal lawyers told the court that Nygard has the means to flee and that the charges he faces in the US are too serious to allow for his release.

Greenberg sided with prosecutors, saying that Nygard’s health concerns did not automatically qualify him for release.

‘It is not a get-out-of-jail-free card,’ the judge said.



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