Peter Nygard – CNN
Nygard, 80, appearing by means of videoconference at an extradition hearing in Winnipeg, verbally verified his permission, which his lawyer, Brian Greenspan, informed the court came “despite his continuing challenge to the veracity and reliability of the evidence contained in the record of the case.”
“He has always unequivocally maintained his innocence of any wrongdoing,” Greenspan stated. “This process can now move forward in order for him to face trial in the United States on an expedited basis and for him to have the opportunity to raise his defense and to challenge the truthfulness of the evidence which has been brought against him.”
The hearing happened Friday as authorities in Toronto stated they had an arrest warrant implicating Nygard of 6 counts of sexual attack and 3 counts of forcible confinement for events dating to the late 1980s.
Nygard is presently being kept in Canada following his indictment in New york city in 2015 on 9 counts, consisting of sex trafficking and racketeering charges. Federal district attorneys implicate the designer and partners of utilizing modeling and other fashion business tasks to “lure victims into Nygard’s orbit and keep them there.”
The accusers were then “forcibly sexually assaulted, drugged, and/or coerced into sexual contact with Nygard,” according to the United States indictment. Numerous declared victims were minor ladies who originated from disadvantaged backgrounds or had a history of abuse.
Ken Frydman, a representative for Nygard, has stated the accusations versus Nygard are incorrect and designated to harm the designer and his companies.
The Toronto charges include events that occurred in the late 1980s and early 2000s.
CNN has actually connected to Nygard’s lawyer for remark.
Shannon Maroney, a therapist and supporter who is working with about 40 individuals who have actually implicated Nygard of sexual assault, kept in mind Nygard has actually not dealt with charges in Canada previously.
“It is a relief. It is validation. It is decades delayed,” Maroney stated. “The message from all the trauma survivors is a charge for one of us is charge for all of us. There is that sense of collectivity across this group of women who don’t know each other.”
District attorneys stated that regardless of Nygard’s permission, Friday’s case will not lead to his instant extradition.
Scott Farlinger, a legal representative with the Attorney General Of The United States of Canada, stated the Minister of Justice “still will have to make the ultimate decision on surrender.”
Chief Justice Glenn Joyal informed Nygard at the end of the hearing that he cannot be extradited for a minimum of thirty days, can submit an appeal and get bail.
In a declaration. Toronto authorities implicated Nygard of by force restricting and sexually attacking a female in between October and November 1987; by force restricting and sexually attacking a female in between November 1988 and February 1989; sexually attacking a female in December 1989; and by force restricting a female and sexually attacking her in between April and September 1988.
The declaration likewise implicated Nygard of forcible confinement and sexual attack in between January and March 2005, and sexually attacking a female in between November 2005 and March 2006.
Nygard was apprehended by Canadian authorities in December and remains in custody in Winnipeg.
The accusations in the New york city indictment match declares victims have actually openly made in suits submitted by lawyers Greg Gutzler and Lisa Haba, who have actually informed CNN more than 100 victims have actually stepped forward with accusations of abuse because they submitted a match on behalf of 10 confidential ladies versus him in February 2020.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.