The FBI and NYPD raided the Manhattan workplaces of fashion mogul Peter Nygard Tuesday amid an ongoing federal sexual intercourse-trafficking investigation, resources said.
The feds are probing statements that Nygard plied underage girls with booze at sexual intercourse parties at his Bahamas mansion, according to regulation enforcement resources.
Nygard announced late Tuesday he was stepping down as chairman of Nygard Intercontinental and will divest his possession curiosity.
Photographs from the workplace raid present federal agents and town cops swarming the company’s Broadway headquarters — and hauling absent at minimum a 50 %-dozen cardboard bins.
Manhattan US Attorney’s Business spokesman Nicholas Biase confirmed Tuesday’s raid but declined to supply facts.
A spokesman for Nygard said the rich playboy’s Los Angeles workplaces ended up also raided, but the FBI and federal prosecutors would not verify that blitz.
The raid comes on the heels of a federal lawsuit submitted Feb. thirteen by ten unidentified ladies who accuse the 78-12 months-previous Canadian businessman of a “decades-extensive sexual intercourse-trafficking plan.”
One accuser says she was just fifteen at the time of the abuse. The age of consent in the Bahamas is sixteen.
In accordance to the lawsuit, Nygard frequently hosted sexual intercourse-fueled soirées acknowledged as “pamper parties” at his ritzy mansion in special Lyford Cay in the Bahamas — which he renamed Nygard Cay in 1992 and was when highlighted on “Lifestyles of the Abundant and Well known.”
The parties ended up “both to boost the Nygard company’s brand name and facilitate industrial sexual intercourse functions,” the lawsuit costs.
Attorneys for the accusers said they have “over 100 witnesses” in the scenario that consists of “dozens of victims.”
The go well with said Nygard also applied Nygard International’s corporate jet to “smuggle” the ladies and girls to web-sites in the United States and at his estate in the Caribbean archipelago.
In a assertion Tuesday, Nygard spokesman Ken Frydman claimed the allegations ended up “fabricated” by billionaire hedge-funder Louis Bacon — with whom Nygard has been embroiled in a lawful struggle spanning far more than a decade and spawning far more than two dozen lawsuits.
“As a immediate end result and in furtherance of the conspiracy planned by billionaire Louis Bacon, federal agents have executed a search and seizure on Nygard workplaces in California and New York,” Frydman said. “As with other actions taken as a end result of Louis Bacon’s conspiracy, Nygard is not astonished by this newest motion.
“Nygard welcomes the federal investigation and expects his title to be cleared,” the spokesman said.
“He has not been billed, is not in custody, and is cooperating with the investigation.”
A consultant for Bacon declined to remark Tuesday.
The terrible blood amongst Nygard and Bacon stems from a large character clash and a small driveway shared by their neighboring Bahamian qualities.
Bacon is “a self-professed environmentalist” — in stark contrast to his Canadian-born neighbor’s raucous playboy way of living, according to a 2016 write-up in City & State.
Nygard’s compound, by comparison, is embellished with hundreds of torches, carved dragons and giant statues of nude ladies modeled just after previous girlfriends, according to Vainness Good.
The floodgates opened in 2007 when the two became embroiled in an argument around water runoff that was flooding the shared roadway, Vainness Good claimed in 2015.
When a 2009 electrical hearth on Nygard’s facet of the street razed quite a few structures — including his 32,000-sq.-foot “grand hall” and disco — the fashion mogul blamed Bacon.
Above the several years, the feud has come to be more and more hostile, with Bacon accusing Nygard of sexual intercourse trafficking and Nygard accusing Bacon of every thing from insider investing to membership in the Ku Klux Klan.
Bacon said he even feared that Nygard would have him killed, The New York Instances said in a report final 7 days.
The newspaper claimed that investigators tied to Bacon experienced offered “generous incentives” to help make a scenario from Nygard, with revenue trickling down to his accusers.
At minimum two ladies who claimed they ended up raped as minors — but ended up not plaintiffs in the the latest go well with — afterwards recanted their stories and said they ended up promised hard cash and ended up coached to make the statements, the Instances reported.
“Given Mr. Nygard’s sample of alleged horrific sexual abuse around a interval of a long time, and spanning the globe, it is not stunning that he now finds himself under the scrutiny of the FBI,” the accusers said in a assertion.
“And when his reps carry on to spout considerably-fetched conspiracy theories as his sole protection, the volume of proof and the quantity of victims coming forward to maintain Mr. Nygard dependable for his actions carry on to grow.
“Our target remains squarely on pursuing justice for these a great number of victims who have been so viciously harmed by Mr. Nygard and his enablers.”