The Canadian vogue mogul Peter Nygard was denied bail by a Manitoba choose on Friday, which means he may spend years in jail whereas preventing extradition to the USA, the place he faces costs of intercourse trafficking, racketeering conspiracy and different crimes which can be mentioned to have victimized dozens of girls and teenage women.
The 79-year-old multimillionaire is accused of utilizing his firm’s affect, cash and workers to recruit grownup and “minor-aged feminine victims” over a 25 years in the USA, the Bahamas and Canada for his sexual gratification and that of his associates, in line with a nine-count federal indictment, filed by the USA legal professional’s workplace in Manhattan in December.
Mr. Nygard has been in jail in Winnipeg, Manitoba, since his arrest final Dec. 14.
“Preserving him within the jail on this time of Covid-19 is nothing wanting a demise sentence,” his lawyer Jay Prober informed the courtroom final month.
In her oral choice, Justice Shawn Greenberg mentioned she had no confidence that Mr. Nygard would adjust to a bail order to don’t have any contact with witnesses within the go well with in opposition to him.
And whereas she had taken under consideration the excessive charges of Covid-19 in jail, and Mr. Nygard’s failing well being, Justice Greenberg mentioned, the pandemic “just isn’t a get out of jail free card.”
Till final yr, Mr. Nygard was the top of a multinational girls’s vogue firm, Nygard Worldwide, that he owned privately and constructed from scratch. It was identified largely for promoting leggings and tops to middle-age girls by its personal shops and department shops, and at its peak, claimed 12,000 workers.
It made Mr. Nygard very wealthy. In 2014, Canadian Enterprise journal estimated his wealth at $750 million.
After federal authorities raided his dwelling in Los Angeles and company headquarters in New York in February 2020, Mr. Nygard stepped down. His firm then filed for chapter in Canada and in the USA.
Mr. Nygard appeared in courtroom through video hyperlink from jail, carrying a face masks and jail-issued grey blue shirt. He sat nonetheless, staring straight forward and providing no bodily response upon listening to the choose’s choice.
Kim Wheeler contributed reporting from Winnipeg, Manitoba.