Peter Nygard, the Canadian vogue retailer, has been indicted on expenses of sex-trafficking, racketeering and different crimes involving dozens of ladies, a few of them underage, federal prosecutors in Manhattan mentioned on Tuesday.
Mr. Nygard, 79, was accused of “a decades-long sample of prison conduct” in the US, the Bahamas and Canada, prosecutors mentioned.
Mr. Nygard was arrested in Winnipeg on Monday on the request of the US beneath an extradition treaty, the U.S. lawyer’s workplace in Manhattan mentioned in an announcement.
The prosecutors mentioned that Mr. Nygard used the affect of his firm and its staff to “recruit and keep grownup and minor-aged feminine victims” over a 25-year interval for the sexual gratification of himself and his associates.
The ladies regularly got here from deprived financial backgrounds and, in some instances, had a historical past of abuse, the prosecutors mentioned within the assertion.
Mr. Nygard sexually assaulted some of his alleged victims, whereas others had been assaulted or drugged by his associates “to make sure their compliance together with his sexual calls for,” prosecutors mentioned.
Mr. Nygard, who had a fame as a playboy and as soon as described the younger girls he surrounded himself with as “the supply of youth,” launched his multinational vogue firm in Winnipeg greater than 50 years in the past.
He stepped down from Nygard Worldwide in February, after federal authorities raided his house in Los Angeles and company headquarters in New York, and main prospects dropped his vogue strains.
Mr. Nygard was in custody of the authorities in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and couldn’t instantly be reached for remark. Mr. Nygard’s lawyer in New York, Elkan Abramowitz, declined to touch upon the fees.