Peter Nygard, Canadian clothing manufacturer, accused of raping 10 women and girls in class-action lawsuit
Ten women filed a civil class-action lawsuit on Thursday accusing one of Canada's wealthiest businessmen and clothing manufacturers, Peter Nygard, of raping them at his seaside mansion in the Bahamas and operating what they refer to as a "sex trafficking ring."
The women are seeking damages for the alleged rapes.
Three of the women were 14 years old at the time of the alleged rapes. Three others were 15.
The alleged rapes took place between 2008 and 2015.
The women are not named in the lawsuit "to protect their identities because of the sensitive and highly personal nature of this matter."
According to the lawsuit, filed in New York, Nygard "recruited, lured and enticed young, impressionable and often impoverished children and women, with cash payments and false promises of lucrative modeling opportunities to assault, rape and sodomize them."
There are no criminal charges associated with any of the allegations.
Nygard's lawyer "vigorously" denied the accusations as "completely false [and] without foundation" in a statement Thursday.
"Peter Nygard looks forward to fully exposing this scam and once and for all clearing his name," said Jay Prober.
Nygard operates a multimillion-dollar clothing empire based in Winnipeg. According to its website, the privately owned company operates more than 170 stores across North America.