The Peter Nygard trial in Toronto began listening to arguments on Tuesday (27), with assistant prosecution legal professional Ana Serban outlining the defendant’s modus operandi along with his a number of alleged victims.
The procescution alleges he leveraged his wealth, his belongings and standing over a number of years, luring younger girls and women to a top-floor bed room suite at his firm’s Toronto headquarters the place he compelled himself on them.
Born in Finland, Nygard grew up in Manitoba, the place he based the now-defunct Nygard Worldwide model, in 1967.
The 82-year-old alleged serial rapist attended his courtroom date sporting a go well with with no tie, tinted glasses and along with his lengthy white hair tied again.
Associated Press experiences:
“Nygard invited all 5 complainants within the case — whose identities are protected by a publication ban — to go to his custom-built workplace constructing beneath pretenses starting from excursions to job interviews, with all of the encounters ending within the bed room suite, the prosecution stated. There, he sexually assaulted them at completely different occasions, typically trapping or intoxicating them, the prosecution alleged in opening arguments.
‘5 girls, it took them years to come back ahead. 1 Niagara St., a custom-design workplace constructing with big letters on the entrance: Nygard. The Toronto headquarters of a trend empire’, assistant prosecution legal professional Ana Serban stated.
‘However inside these partitions, behind all the trimmings of success and energy, there’s a bed room suite with an enormous mattress, a stone Jacuzzi, a bar and doorways — doorways with no deal with, doorways with computerized, keypad-operated locks managed by Peter Nygard’.”
Nygard has pleaded not responsible to 5 counts of sexual assault and one rely of forcible confinement, in allegations that return from the ’80s to mid-2000s.
Girls have been invited to his fancy 1 Niagara St. firm HQ for a job interview, courtroom heard, however there was at all times a hidden agenda.
“’It ends in his top-floor bed room suite. She grows uncomfortable, she tries to depart. He tackles her onto the mattress, places his full physique into it, pins her down on her again and tries to undress her, rips her clothes’, Serban, the assistant prosecution lawyer, alleged.
Of their opening arguments on Tuesday, prosecutors akkeged that Nygard met girls in social settings and invited them to the headquarters of his clothes empire in Toronto.
However the ‘excursions’ resulted in his bed room suite, with a mattress, televisions and a Jacuzzi. The doorways didn’t have handles, the locks managed by Nygard.
The Guardian reported:
“In a single case, Nygard, who was in his 40s, met a lady in her 20s on a flight to the Bahamas, the place he owned a sprawling property, stated Ana Serban, a crown lawyer. Nygard later invited her for a job interview at his Toronto workplace. After they ended up within the bed room, she tried to depart.
He ‘tackles the lady onto the mattress, places his complete physique into it, pins her down on her again and tries to undress her towards her will’, stated Serban. “She’s terrified.”
The alleged sufferer ran out of the constructing, after the traumatic ‘job interview’ at an workplace constructing.
Nygard can also be going through costs in different jurisdictions in Canada, and is ready to be extradited to the US to faces sex-related costs, as soon as his felony circumstances in Canada are accomplished.
“In 2020, US authorities charged him with racketeering and intercourse trafficking, alleging many years of crimes with dozens of victims in the US, the Bahamas and Canada.
Fifty-seven girls – together with 18 Canadians – have joined that lawsuit, which alleges that Nygard used violence, intimidation, bribery and firm staff to lure victims and keep away from accountability for many years. Nygard has denied all allegations.”
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