The FBI and NYPD raided the Manhattan places of work of trend mogul Peter Nygard Tuesday amid an ongoing federal sex-trafficking investigation, resources claimed.
The feds are probing statements that Nygard plied underage ladies with booze at sex functions at his Bahamas mansion, according to regulation enforcement resources.
Nygard announced late Tuesday he was stepping down as chairman of Nygard Worldwide and will divest his possession interest.
Photos from the place of work raid demonstrate federal brokers and city cops swarming the company’s Broadway headquarters — and hauling absent at the very least a 50 percent-dozen cardboard boxes.
Manhattan US Attorney’s Workplace spokesman Nicholas Biase confirmed Tuesday’s raid but declined to deliver specifics.
A spokesman for Nygard claimed the wealthy playboy’s Los Angeles places of work were also raided, but the FBI and federal prosecutors would not affirm that blitz.
The raid will come on the heels of a federal lawsuit submitted Feb. thirteen by 10 unknown women of all ages who accuse the seventy eight-year-outdated Canadian businessman of a “decades-long sex-trafficking plan.”
A person accuser says she was just 15 at the time of the abuse. The age of consent in the Bahamas is 16.
In accordance to the lawsuit, Nygard on a regular basis hosted sex-fueled soirées recognized as “pamper parties” at his ritzy mansion in exceptional Lyford Cay in the Bahamas — which he renamed Nygard Cay in 1992 and was when featured on “Lifestyles of the Wealthy and Famous.”
The functions were “both to endorse the Nygard company’s brand and facilitate business sex acts,” the lawsuit rates.
Attorneys for the accusers claimed they have “over one hundred witnesses” in the situation that consists of “dozens of victims.”
The accommodate claimed Nygard also utilized Nygard International’s company jet to “smuggle” the women of all ages and ladies to sites in the United States and at his estate in the Caribbean archipelago.
In a assertion Tuesday, Nygard spokesman Ken Frydman claimed the allegations were “fabricated” by billionaire hedge-funder Louis Bacon — with whom Nygard has been embroiled in a legal fight spanning more than a decade and spawning more than two dozen lawsuits.
“As a immediate end result and in furtherance of the conspiracy planned by billionaire Louis Bacon, federal brokers have executed a research and seizure on Nygard places of work in California and New York,” Frydman claimed. “As with other steps taken as a end result of Louis Bacon’s conspiracy, Nygard is not amazed by this latest motion.
“Nygard welcomes the federal investigation and expects his identify to be cleared,” the spokesman claimed.
“He has not been billed, is not in custody, and is cooperating with the investigation.”
A representative for Bacon declined to comment Tuesday.
The poor blood in between Nygard and Bacon stems from a enormous temperament clash and a small driveway shared by their neighboring Bahamian homes.
Bacon is “a self-professed environmentalist” — in stark distinction to his Canadian-born neighbor’s raucous playboy way of life, according to a 2016 posting in City & Region.
Nygard’s compound, by comparison, is embellished with hundreds of torches, carved dragons and giant statues of nude women of all ages modeled just after former girlfriends, according to Self-importance Reasonable.
The floodgates opened in 2007 when the two turned embroiled in an argument about water runoff that was flooding the shared roadway, Self-importance Reasonable reported in 2015.
When a 2009 electrical hearth on Nygard’s side of the street razed several structures — including his 32,000-square-foot “grand hall” and disco — the trend mogul blamed Bacon.
More than the decades, the feud has grow to be more and more hostile, with Bacon accusing Nygard of sex trafficking and Nygard accusing Bacon of every thing from insider trading to membership in the Ku Klux Klan.
Bacon claimed he even feared that Nygard would have him killed, The New York Times claimed in a report final 7 days.
The newspaper reported that investigators tied to Bacon had made available “generous incentives” to help make a situation from Nygard, with funds trickling down to his accusers.
At the very least two women of all ages who claimed they were raped as minors — but were not plaintiffs in the the latest accommodate — later on recanted their stories and claimed they were promised income and were coached to make the statements, the Times reported.
“Given Mr. Nygard’s sample of alleged horrific sexual abuse about a period of time of many years, and spanning the world, it is not surprising that he now finds himself under the scrutiny of the FBI,” the accusers claimed in a assertion.
“And though his reps proceed to spout considerably-fetched conspiracy theories as his sole defense, the volume of proof and the quantity of victims coming forward to hold Mr. Nygard dependable for his conduct proceed to develop.
“Our focus continues to be squarely on pursuing justice for these plenty of victims who have been so viciously harmed by Mr. Nygard and his enablers.”