Disgraced fashion mogul Peter Nygard has agreed to be extradited to New York to face sex-trafficking charges, his lawyer confirmed Friday — as Canadian police issued a new arrest warrant accusing him of six more attacks.
Crown prosecutor Scott Farlinger told the court that Nygard had agreed to be extradited to face the federal charges.
The clothing baron’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, confirmed the agreement, telling the court, “This process can now move forward in order for him to face trial in the United States.”
Nygard had his long grey hair pulled back and wore a blue mask as he spoke briefly in court to confirm that he understood the significance of agreeing to extradition.
The final decision still rests on Canada’s justice minister and cannot happen for at least 30 days, the court heard.
Nygard has been accused of using his businesses to procure women and girls in the United States, Canada and the Bahamas since 1995 to sexually gratify himself and his associates.
He is accused of drugging and raping females as young as 14 to satisfy his “near-daily” appetite for sex, according to an indictment out of the Southern District of New York.
His lawyer, Greenspan, told the court Friday that the mogul is ready to defend himself in the US and “has always unequivocally maintained his innocence of any wrongdoing.”
Also Friday, Toronto police announced that an arrest warrant had been issued for Nygard for six other alleged sex attacks from 1987 until March 2006.
“Upon arrest, he will be charged with: Six counts of Sexual Assault [and] three counts of Forcible Confinement,” the force said in a statement.
The latest warrant is likely to play a role in the decision for Canada’s justice minister as to whether to extradite Nygard as expected.
One option is to extradite him on the understanding that the US will later return him to Canada to face the charges there, Gerard Kennedy, assistant law professor at University of Manitoba, told Reuters.
Born in Finland, Nygard grew up in Manitoba, eventually running his namesake clothing companies and becoming one of Canada’s wealthiest people.
He stepped down as chairman of Nygard International, the fashion company he founded in 1967, in February 2020 after authorities raided the Manhattan headquarters as part of the sex-abuse investigation.
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