A tycoon with links to Prince Andrew has been accused of raping teenagers he has lured to his mansion in the Bahamas.
Peter Nygard, 78, is said to have told girls over the age of 14 that he could make them models before they raped them and forced them to perform “deviant actions.”
Andrew visited Nygard on his lush estate in 2000, after Canadian fashion designer had agreed out-of-court settlements with three employees who accused him of sexual harassment.
The prince and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson stayed in Nygard Cay, near Nassau, with daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.
The new case threatens further embarrassment for Andrew, who renounced public life last year after a backlash on his relationship with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew visited tycoon Peter Nygard (pictured together) at his lush estate in the Bahamas in 2000
The prince and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson stayed on Nygard Cay, near Nassau, with daughters Beatrice and Eugenie (depicted with Nygard)
According to a 99-page lawsuit against him in New York, Nygard used his ten-bedroom mansion to organize “pampering” for teenage girls recruited into shopping malls and fashion events.
He and his employees told the girls that they could be fashion models, but then smeared them with wine and drugs before Nygard had raped them.
Three alleged victims were 14-year-old virgins and said they felt scared and humiliated by the attacks, so someone needed medical treatment.
The case was brought on behalf of ten women who claim that they were raped by Nygard.
Eight were teenage girls and two were adult workers on the Nassau estate.
Lawyers said that Nygard, which is estimated to be worth £ 690 million, has carried out a “decades of sex smuggling” that has destroyed innocent lives.
They said he used the private jet of his company, called “N-Force,” to take his victims on visits to London, Germany, Italy, and China, and treat them as his “personal servants.”
Lawyers said that Nygard, which is estimated to be worth £ 690 million, has carried out a “decades of sex smuggling” that has destroyed innocent lives. Pictured: his lush estate Nygard Cay
Allegedly two yachts were used to transport drugs and spirits for the parties and Nygard would maintain a database of 7,500 potential victims.
The case has parallels with some allegations against Epstein, who used his private jet, known as the Lolita Express, to transport young women and girls.
One victim of Epstein, Virginia Roberts, claims that she was trafficked to London and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17.
Andrew has repeatedly refused her account and he is not involved in the Nygard lawsuit.
A spokesperson for Nygard said the allegations are “completely incorrect, unfounded and vigorously denied.”
After fashion exec Peter Nygard was accused of raping 10 young women in a mansion that Prince Andrew once visited, GUY ADAMS asks what the duke finds so attractive about foreign billionaires who own luxury Caribbean properties?
What does Prince Andrew find so attractive about foreign billionaires who own Caribbean mansions?
Now that the Jeffrey Epstein scandal is still casting its ugly shadow, the Queen’s second son can now face the consequences of a second deeply ignorant lawsuit with one of his rich acquaintances.
His name is Peter Nygard. He is a leathery 78-year-old Canadian fashion tycoon, famous for his ultra-flamboyant sense of clothing and the hedonistic lifestyle he has been pursuing for years in a “private luxury resort” that he owns in the Bahamas.
Called Nygard Cay, it was built on 4.5 hectares of land on the island of New Providence that he bought in 1987 and spent a decade in what he later described as a “dream house” with 150,000 m² of Mayan-themed buildings, that extends over a dozen cabana-style residences designed to hold opulent parties.
Peter Nygard is a 78-year-old Canadian fashion tycoon, famous for his ultra-flamboyant sense of clothing and the hedonistic lifestyle he has been pursuing for years in a “private luxury resort” that he owns in the Bahamas. Pictured: actress Suelyn Medeiros and Peter Nygard arrive at a fashion event
The buildings include a casino, a disco hut (with cameras under the dance floor, allegedly photographing bottom-up photos of party people), a 45-tonne glass ceiling and the world’s largest sauna, a 6,000 m² A-frame lodge made of 2ft – thick Canadian pine blocks.
On site there is a helicopter platform, fake volcanoes lifting dry ice, a swarm of peacocks, stone cobras sizzling steam at sunset, 60ft towers decorated with hundreds of flaming torches (lit at night by staff) and giant statues of naked women, allegedly modeled to the former girlfriends of the owner.
Andrew visited early 2000, around his 40th birthday.
By that time he had been divorced for four years and, with his career with the Royal Navy coming to an end, he was in the first phase of a midlife crisis that would also make him a fateful friendship with Epstein, whose own private Caribbean island. chasing after, then called ‘paedo island’ after disturbing revelations about the financier – he had visited the summer before.
Just like Epstein, Nygard moved in colorful circles. The father of at least seven children of four women, he had gone out with the former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, and had entertained famous friends on Nygard Cay for years.
His personal website has included guests ranging from pop royalties (Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz) to Hollywood A-listers (Robert DeNiro, Sylvester Stallone, Jessica Alba, Zoe Saldana, Sean Connery) to former US President George HW Bush and various members of the Kennedy clan.
None of these controversial chums, many of which are shown on the Nygard website, seemed unnecessarily bothered that their host had arranged many reported cases of sexual harassment against three women working for his clothing company in recent years.
Andrew, who was visiting with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and their two daughters, was not bothered by the urgent fact.
The 99-page document says that the well-connected tycoon (photo) used its wealth and status to systematically ‘care for and seduce’ underage girls to a globetrottering harem
Nygard has founded clothing producer Nygard International and is known as an eccentric playboy
The visit to Nygard’s house was of course not in the Court Circular. Instead, details were disclosed by the billionaire in an interview with the Canadian National Post newspaper shortly thereafter, when he became lyrical about how excited it had made his elderly mother, who also lived there.
“Last week was a big week for her,” he said. “George Bush came to my house on Monday and Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew came on Thursday.” In fact, Nygard recorded Andrew’s visit for posterity.
A photo shows them wandering together on the sand, with the prince wearing boat shoes and matching blue shorts and a shirt.
Other royal guests at Nygard over the years have included Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Princess Michael of Kent, while maintaining an undoubtedly lucrative business relationship with Cherie Blair.
All of this provides an intriguing and, not to be forgotten, potentially explosive background for a truly extraordinary legal action that was launched this week in New York.
On Thursday, lawyers who acted for ten unidentified women filed a class action lawsuit claiming that Nygard’s Bahamian mansion, where so many celebrities and a handful of royals participated in his hospitality, was a pit of iniquity where countless minor girls became routine misused.
With the Jeffrey Epstein scandal still casting its ugly shadow, the Queen’s second son (pictured next to ex-wife Sarah Ferguson) can now face the consequences of a second deeply unedifying lawsuit with one of his rich acquaintances
The 99-page document says that the well-connected tycoon used his wealth and status to systematically “look after and seduce” underage girls into a globetrotting harem, where they would be paid in cash and promised “lucrative modeling opportunities,” after which he would “attack” “raping and sodomizing.”
The allegations are all vigorously denied by Nygard, whose spokesman yesterday mocked them as “completely false” and “without ground,” the tycoon “looks forward to fully unmasking this scam and clearing his name once and for all.”
But for their part, Nygard’s accusers, who are demanding a jury case for charges of multiple abuse and sex trafficking, insist that he instruct employees to “involve” young girls, mostly from poor New Providence neighborhoods, to attend events at the mansion.
He would then, according to the accusers, take them to what he called “indulgences,” where they “smuggled drugs and alcohol” and then were violently attacked. Another alleged abuse took place on yachts and real estate in Nygard’s portfolio of luxury properties, which extends to Florida, California and New York.
In one of the cases, Nygard is accused of showing a 14-year-old girl “pornography” before raping her, “causing extraordinary pain and trauma.” In return, it claims to have been paid in cash from Nygard’s corporate funds.
Another prosecutor says she was 15 when Nygard invited her into a bedroom in his Bahamian mansion during a “pampering party,” supposedly smoking marijuana. She claims that he “asked her …” to perform a corrupt sex act. When she refused, she said he “tried to sodomize her” and then “raped her vaginally.”
Several others claim that they were drugged by Nygard before being raped and abused.
A 14-year-old local claims that he gave her three pills before she raped her when she was unconscious. He would have paid her $ 5,000 the next day.
The country house has a pole area that opens out to the sea. It is reportedly the scene where Nygard begged teenage girls with drink and drunks before they were raped
Another, who was 17, says that Nygard has made a drink that makes her feel “nauseous and very sleepy.” She says she reminds Nygard that she “asked to urinate in her mouth,” but has no memory of what happened next.
The lawsuit claims that when she woke up “there was blood in the back of her underwear … Nygard gave her $ 550 in US currency and sent her away.”
It should be emphasized that lawyers and a Nygard spokesperson have described every complaint in the trial as false.
His lawyer, Jay Prober, told newspapers in Canada, where he currently lives, that the claims are “being strongly denied.”
None of the complainants, who are now between 18 and 36 years old, involve famous friends who have visited the Bahamian house of Nygard in the alleged abuse.
However, I can reveal that this is not the only trial of Prince Andrew’s billionaire. Last month, two more women lawyers filed separate lawsuits against him at the Superior Court of California, in Los Angeles.
One, Maridel Carbuccia, claims in a 32-page document that she has been repeatedly abused, sexually harassed, groped and, on one occasion, drugged and sexually abused for nearly three years in his employment. This lawsuit claims that Carbuccia, who was married to a young son, moved to Los Angeles at the end of 2015 after getting a job to run a medicinal cannabis farm that Nygard had set up on a 50,000 square meter site in the hills above Malibu .
The problem began shortly afterwards, it is claimed, when the billionaire “unexpectedly grabbed her buttocks” and left her “shocked and upset.” Then, in April 2016, she says he came “completely naked” at a one-to-one meeting at the Los Angeles mansion and made a new proposal to her.
The Mayan-style accommodation features 12 cabanas, an aquarium, a helicopter platform and a casino
Nygard has been living on the islands since 1987 and owns a Mayan-themed mansion
Later in the day, the lawsuit further claims that he “gave a drink that she consumed,” to faint quickly. As she lost consciousness, she claims, her employer “led her to his bedroom.” The next day “when she woke up, she saw her own blood on her skin and clothing and it was clear that while she was unconscious, Nygard had sexually abused her.”
At one point, the lawsuit claims, Nygard decided that her professional duties should include acting as his “house manager.” This role, she claims, included inviting a large number of women, including prostitutes, to “pamper” where he “would take a good look at them and select the ones he would pay for sex.”
Carbuccia eventually left employment in August 2018. She is now claiming damages on nine different grounds, including battery, sexual battery, breach of contract, fraud, and unpaid wages, and has demanded jury jurisprudence.
Her lawyer is Gloria Allred, a famous Hollywood lawyer whose recent work included representing victims of Jeffrey Epstein.
Nygard still has to submit a formal answer. His lawyer did not respond to requests to comment on this specific case.
The second woman, only known as ‘Jane Doe’, is a resident of Houston in Texas. In a nine-page complaint, she claimed that in October 2012, when he was 71 years old, Nygard was “a minor under the age of 18” (Californian age of consent) “had sexual intercourse with her home” in his house ” in Los Angeles. .
“Nygard was fully aware of that [her] age but repeatedly had sexual intercourse with her in his house. Nygard did not allow it [her] to leave his place of residence without his permission, “the document claims.
The lawsuit also claims that in the following weeks Nygard traded her with his private jet to China and New York. “While in New York, Nygard invited [her] to a “club” without informing her about the full nature of the club. Nygard took over [her] to a “swingers club” and instructed her to have sex with an individual so that Nygard could trade and have sex with the individual’s partner, “it claims.
He then took her to Fort Lauderdale in Florida and continued to have sex with [her] while she was a minor ‘.
‘Jane Doe’ is claiming damages on nine points, including battery, sexual battery, abuse, imprisonment, intimidation and deliberate infliction of emotional distress. Her lawyers also demand jury jurisprudence.
Again, Nygard still has to submit a formal answer and, like any defendant in a case that is yet to be tested in court, must be considered innocent until proven otherwise.
The businessman, who grew up in relative poverty, certainly has a compelling rag-to-rich story. His empire controls several of Canada’s most successful women’s clothing brands and he travels in a private jet with ‘Peter Nygard N-Force’ painted on the outside and allegedly equipped with a stripper’s pole inside.
Claims of impropriety (always strongly denied and never proven) have often interrupted his trajectory.
In 1980 he was accused of raping an 18-year-old girl just for dropping charges after suddenly deciding not to testify. He later claimed that the police had shown “bad judgment” when investigating the case.
In the 1990s, three individual women working in his office filed complaints about sexual harassment with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, which he arranged. One, a 27-year-old travel coordinator, claimed to have “repeatedly wiped out Mr Nygard’s touch and sexual progress in the workplace.”
Another, a 39-year-old communications manager, said that when he was called into Nygard’s office, she would find him undressed (open pants, not a shirt) or with his hands along the front of his pants, caressing herself. “
She also claimed that he had once added ‘nude swimming’ to the agenda of a business meeting and that he often took hold of the Bahamas (wearing a very small bathing suit).
At the time, Mr. Nygard’s lawyer claimed that the women had filed complaints to get better severance pay from the company, and said it was arranged to prevent litigation costs.
He was also confronted with a suit on sexual harassment in 1996 by a Los Angeles employee who claimed that, against her wishes, “she spent the night in Peter Nygard’s bed and had sexual contact with him.” She later rejected his advances, she claims, and was eventually fired.
This case was later rejected. Again, it is worth noting that none of the above incidents seem to have prevented Prince Andrew from bringing his two daughters and ex-wife to Nygard Cay during that 2000 visit.
In 2008 another woman – a former girlfriend – filed a lawsuit against Nygard in the Los Angeles Supreme Court, claiming he had slammed a bedroom door on her hand. Again, the case was resolved and Nygard denies any misconduct.
Subsequently, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation published a panorama-style documentary about Nygard in 2010, focusing on alleged sexual abuse and intimidation of former employees.
It quoted a former flight attendant on his private plane who claimed that on a journey – in which Nygard was accompanied by a group of topless women – he lost patience with shouting, ‘you are nothing! You are garbage! I am god!’
The program also claimed that Nygard had “inappropriate sexual contact” with a young woman who was brought to the house from the Dominican Republic in 2003.
Nygard strongly denied that both incidents had occurred and complained about stopping the broadcast of the documentary. When that failed, he filed a criminal complaint against the journalists who filed the complaint before suing CBC for defamation. Eight years later, that case still finds its way through the Canadian judicial system.
But perhaps the most controversial and certainly the most bizarre legal battle to involve Nygard is a dispute with his neighbor in the Bahamas, a boss of a New York hedge fund called Louis Bacon.
This started in the mid-1990s as a somewhat minor fight over parking on an access road to their property, along with noise from Nygard’s late-night parties, but led to an avalanche of lawsuits involving at least 18 lawsuits in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.
In 2016, Cherie Blair – who rarely seems to meet a foreign billionaire from whom she will not take a paid job – played a curious cameo in their fight. The Wall Street Journal revealed that her law firm, Omnia, was hired to try and dig up dirt in Bacon.
She then contacted a British former employee of Bacon’s hedge fund, Julian Rifat, who was imprisoned for insider trading, to persuade him to tell the US authorities about alleged abuses at Bacon’s company. The plan seems to have been abandoned after several meetings.
The hostilities between Nygard and Bacon reached a sort of peak last January when a court in the Bahamas issued an order for the arrest of Nygard for contempt of legal charges related to a claim that Nygard has dredged illegal sand from the seabed to the extent to enlarge from his private beach.
Since then he has been unable to visit the Bahamas and in November he was sentenced in absentia to prison. A spokesperson called that decision “unfair, unreasonable and unnecessary” and vowed to appeal.
Meanwhile, New York attorneys recently filed a lawsuit for Nygard claiming that Bacon was trying to “knock out” their clients by persuading several women to provide the New York Times with “false information” about his behavior toward them. This is the only Nygard lawsuit against Bacon that has not been canceled or withdrawn.
Yesterday, Nygard’s lawyers again blamed Bacon for their misery and claimed that the latest ugly lawsuit came from their seemingly endless struggle and “only the last in a series of more than ten years of attempts to destroy a man’s reputation by false statements.
Undoubtedly, the American courts will ultimately decide whether that claim is justified. In the meantime, Prince Andrew, Cherie Blair and every celebrity who celebrated in the lush mansion of the billionaire will certainly look with bated breath.