180 Comments Harvest Grain. “He messed with my whole life,” said Ms. Ferguson, now 32. Tamika Ferguson, whose face is not pictured because she doesn’t want to be recognized, said Mr. Nygard raped her at 16. His estate looked like something out of Las Vegas. The Times interviewed all the women who eventually signed on to the suit, which identified them as Jane Does to protect their privacy. Only 55 rapes were tallied there in 2018, while Cleveland, with a similar population size, had 585. Bahamas' Deputy Provost Marshal, along with a team of police officers, enter Nygard Cay after its seizure. Asia Argento refuses to accept Rose... Beyoncé loses legal bid for injunction against wedding firm... That's the spirit! Nygard has denied all allegations and blames a conspiracy caused by a feud with his billionaire neighbor in the Bahamas. Mr. Nygard, estimated to be worth roughly $750 million in 2014 by Canadian Business magazine, had long blended his professional and personal lives. No comments have so far been submitted. The latest development is a lawsuit saying Mr. Nygard sexually exploited teenage girls. Peter Nygard, a Canadian fashion executive. The firm’s leader, Jeff Davis, told Zack Bacon that he’d worked for the C.I.A. PICTURES have emerged showing Prince Andrew's millionaire friend Peter Nygard surrounded by bikini-clad women at a Bahamas estate where he is … The lawyers hope the claim will become a class action. He said Mr. Nygard was a “kind, conscientious” man who would not have harmed anyone. A camera at the property, which was damaged in a 2009 fire. Ms. Ross denied paying anyone to fabricate stories about Mr. Nygard, and passed a lie-detector test to that effect, according to Robert Ennis, a polygrapher hired by her lawyers. “One time, he was like: ‘I don’t know where you find these girls from, but there’s pretty girls in the ghetto as well,’” recalled Freddy Barr, Mr. Nygard’s personal assistant in the early 2000s. Bush visited the property, which the Canadian businessman renamed “Nygard Cay.” (He named many things after himself: his jet, an electric shade of blue, bottled water.). for 10 years — including in something called “the ghost program,” Mr. Bacon recalled. or debate this issue live on our message boards. Marvinique said she was invited to a pamper party in 2010, when she was 15. The FBI raid came soon after 10 women sued Nygard, saying he enticed young and impoverished women to his Bahamas estate with cash and promises of … Her lawsuit said Mr. Nygard knew her age “yet repeatedly had sexual intercourse with her.”. The government refused to let Mr. Nygard rebuild. Revelers dancing on the main hall's elevated floor can lose themselves in this modern Mayan kingdom. “I sent you money to buy a new dog,” Mr. Nygard wrote after his company wired her almost $10,000. In late 2015, they hired TekStratex, a new Texas security firm, to push American law enforcement officials to investigate him for sex trafficking. After she told Mr. Smith that unknown assailants had shot up her former home, killed her family dog and broke into her car in different incidents, Mr. Smith moved her into a gated community, paying $5,000 a month. Her glass of wine never seemed to empty, she said. Published: 17:11 GMT, 2 October 2018 | Updated: 20:24 GMT, 2 October 2018. Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard has been arrested in Winnipeg. A Courtyard Marriott worker gave me an alias. He said his firm, which operates on contingency and has no financial ties to Mr. Bacon, had done its own investigation and never paid any accuser or witness. The fire department said it was accidental, probably caused by an electrical fault. “I of anybody knew what it was like to have this guy come at you,” Mr. Bacon said in an interview. COVID daily cases jump 50% in a week to 18,450 as ministers threaten to CANCEL Christmas: Pressure on Boris... Is Sussex on the brink of being dragged into Tier Three? She said she was later invited for a modeling interview at Nygard Cay, where he assaulted her. Over the years, he was repeatedly accused of demanding that female employees satisfy him sexually. “I knew the right thing would be to report it,” Ms. Laursen said, “but somehow I felt that I would come out the loser.”. A single mother from Denmark, she said she worried the police wouldn’t take her seriously and she’d lose her reputation and job. Reporters also spoke with five other women, who said Mr. Nygard sexually assaulted them in the Bahamas when they were teenagers. Tamika Ferguson found her way to Nygard Cay in 2004 after being kicked out of high school. Debra Macdonald, hired as his secretary in 1978 when she was 19, said Mr. Nygard continually harassed her and tried to grab her breasts. Nygard, who runs Nygard International, took 13 years to complete the Mayan-themed project, which includes a 50-foot-tall temple and a giant stone cobra that hisses steam. His lavish Caribbean estate, Nygard Cay… Multiple women said he had handed them cash after sex, helping to buy silence. “Is this what my life can be?” she recalled thinking of the models in the room. The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, is the only non-Bahamian to join the new lawsuit. Meet the 'bad lad' jobless double glazing... One in six adults in England has a possible eating disorder - including almost a third of women aged 16 to... Apathy and lack of motivation in your mid-forties could be an early warning sign of dementia, study suggests. Former workers said they photographed guests when they arrived, uploading the images for their boss’s perusal. He slow-walked lawsuits, filing countless motions and requesting delays, exhausting his foes. Mr. Nygard sued over changes his neighbor had made years earlier to their driveway. Disgraced fashion mogul Peter Nygard, 79, is arrested in Canada on sex trafficking charges for a 'decades-long pattern of luring girls and young women into sex acts with him' She and her sister felt guilty and scared. The $50 million resort has in the past lured celebrities like Robert De Niro, Oprah Winfrey and the late Michael Jackson. Another woman in the suit said in an interview that she was 14 when she attended a pamper party in 2011, after her mother asked Mr. Nygard to sponsor her in a beauty pageant. “So my heart went out to these women.”. But Mr. Bacon was a rare adversary. The latest charge is particularly incendiary: Lawyers and investigators funded in part by Mr. Bacon claim that Mr. Nygard raped teenage girls in the Bahamas. Nygard was in court today after being arrested under the Extradition Act in Winnipeg on Monday. Mr. Smith also gave Ms. Ross $500 a week to work on another potential lawsuit against Mr. Nygard, this one for workplace abuses. Louis Bacon is a buttoned-up hedge-fund king, whose passion is conservation. Facing legal troubles over his property, Mr. Nygard hasn’t been to the Bahamas in more than a year. On many Sunday afternoons at his Bahamian estate, Mr. Nygard threw “pamper parties” that offered female guests free massages, manicures, horseback rides and endless alcohol. Loungers can sign up for beachside massages, sip cocktails or soak in one of the property's dozens of hot tubs. Once he got them to his Bahamas estate, Nygard allegedly raped and sodomized them. The FBI raid came soon after 10 women sued Nygard, saying he enticed young and impoverished women to his Bahamas estate with cash and promises of modeling and fashion opportunities. Two were related to a close friend. 1 of 3 Businessman Peter Nygard arrives at Norby Walters' 26th Annual Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 28, 2016, in … Since then, the two have been embroiled in an epic battle, spending tens of millions of dollars and filing at least 25 lawsuits in five jurisdictions. He had employees sign confidentiality agreements and sued those he suspected of talking. They told their stories repeatedly to lawyers, investigators and the Bahamian police. Nygard has more or less doubled the size of his property over the past 30 years, Fred Smith, a lawyer for Save the Bays, said. ... Walker, showed up on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” to help out Cynthia Bailey this season with her divorce to Peter … Mr. Smith acknowledged giving about $1,000 collectively to four or five alleged victims, but said that was for their time and expenses. Instead, they were paid by a nonprofit Mr. Smith created, called Sanctuary, to support sexual assault victims; both he and Mr. Bacon donated generously to that. He called it the “Eighth Wonder of the World”: a lush retreat with sculptures of roaring lions and a human aquarium where topless women undulated in mermaid tails. Elizabeth D. Herman for The New York Times. Mr. Bacon, 63, has accused Mr. Nygard of plotting to kill him. They claimed Ms. Ross had paid them to make everything up. Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard has been arrested, court records confirm. She drank too much and ended up in a bathroom barefoot in her bikini, she said. The feud between Nygard and Bacon began with a drainage issue in 2007, a Vanity Fair article said. The Cay is inspired by the Mayan civilization’s architecture. Using himself as a human guinea pig, Mr. Nygard tried to fight off aging with stem cell injections and talked of cloning himself, one close friend said. But The Times spoke with 10 others who said he had proposed sex, touched them inappropriately or raped them. His portrait hung outside a flagship store near Times Square, golden muscles flexing. Some women said they felt exploited by both men — by Mr. Nygard for sex, and by Mr. Bacon against his enemy. Their battle became a cottage industry for opportunists. Does London REALLY need to be in Tier Three? The Bahamian police are still investigating. The fashion executive Peter Nygard has been accused of rape, the latest in a battle between two rich men in a small developing nation. The court ordered the seizure after Nygard failed to pay almost $2.4 million in legal fees to Save The Bays, an environmental group that has been working to stop him from dredging the sea floor around his property, the National Post reports. Cuckservatives: House Republicans Signal Break With Trump Over Tariffs. Guests can dine in the resort's main entertainment hall, a massive structure whose walls and ceiling are made of 100,000 pounds of glass. Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard has been indicted on charges of sex-trafficking, racketeering and other crimes involving dozens of women, some of … “Call police immediately,” he said. An avowed playboy who once joked that his attempt at celibacy was “the worst 20 minutes of my life,” Mr. Nygard wore his gray hair long and shirts open. Nygard developed the five-acre property in 1987, designing it to host 20 guests inside 10 glass-walled cabanas facing the ocean. Extradition By Reuters , Wire Service Content Dec. 15, 2020 By Reuters , … Nygard’s home in Lyford Cay, Bahamas, featured fake volcanos spouting dry ice, an underground cave housing 30 cars and an indoor pool with … Investigators and lawyers tied to Mr. Bacon offered Nygard associates generous incentives to build an abuse case against the Canadian — Cartier jewelry, a regular salary or a year’s rent in a gated community, according to documents and interviews. Eric Gibson, a former Nygard employee and longtime friend, called The Times on his behalf. This month, a federal lawsuit was filed by separate lawyers in New York on behalf of 10 women accusing Mr. Nygard of sexual assault. She said she was 10. How a Neighbors’ Feud in Paradise Launched an International Rape Case. “Women in the Bahamas throw themselves at Peter Nygard,” Mr. Gibson said. He threatened — or sued — media outlets that investigated him. She said she intended to join the lawsuit. By last summer, Mr. Smith and the private investigators had introduced about 15 Bahamian women to American lawyers at the DiCello Levitt Gutzler firm. And he demanded a steady supply of sex partners, according to six former employees who said they recruited young women at shops, clubs and restaurants. Some environmental groups and residents have said an expansion may damage the surrounding ecosystem and beaches. Ms. Ross did well. Mr. Nygard, 78, has spread stories accusing Mr. Bacon of being an insider trader, murderer and member of the Ku Klux Klan. By building the haven at the end of Lyford Cay, Nygard follows high-level executives Henry Ford II, the grandson of Henry Ford and former chairman of Ford; Ted Rogers, chief executive of Rogers Communications; and Charles Lazarus, the founder of Toys "R" Us. A 48-foot fishing boat is available to take visitors to see the parrotfish that roam the Caribbean's deep blue waters. A Nygard store in a Nassau mall was another alleged recruiting spot. They had never even met him. He also paid Bahamian police officers to quash reports, shared women with local politicians and groomed victims to recruit “fresh meat,” the lawsuit says. Despite the Bacons’ efforts, the Homeland Security investigation fizzled after nine months, suspended because of “unforeseen circumstances” and “lack of prosecutorial evidence,” according to an agency email. Mr. Nygard has denied this. Three said they were under 16 at the time, the age of consent there. The neighbors had little in common except for extreme wealth and a driveway. They persuaded some of Mr. Nygard’s allies to provide evidence for a defamation lawsuit, filed in 2015. Once, he summoned her into his Winnipeg office as a pornographic film played on television, she said in an interview. She gave The Times two photographs of herself at Nygard Cay; three people — a former Nygard girlfriend, an ex-employee and a guest — said they remembered her there. The battalion. The lawsuit claims that Mr. Nygard used his company, Nygard International, and employees to procure young victims and ply them with alcohol and drugs. 'He's been running his little Republic of Nygard since the 1980s here.'. Fashion mogul Peter Nygard was arrested Monday in Winnipeg on sex trafficking and racketeering charges brought by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. Then he sued the government, saying it was colluding with Mr. Bacon to force him off the island. Mr. Davis told them that Mr. Nygard had “put out hits on them,” several recalled in interviews. Punters pack London pubs for a final drink (and substantial meal) before the... Mutant virus... or Project Tier? Mr. Bacon, who founded New York-based Moore Capital Management, said he felt obliged to take action after hearing of possible sexual abuse by his neighbor. December 7, 2016 at 4:13 am #RichardSpencer Wow. Visitors have two of the jumbo sport-utility vehicles and drivers at their disposal during their stays. “I fired him,” Zack Bacon said. “It was an assault on me, my reputation, my safety,” Mr. Bacon said. Even as he recently attended a fashion show flanked by models in Canada, he insisted he was too ill to travel to the Bahamas for court hearings. Marvinique Smith said she and her sister were promised a huge settlement if they fabricated allegations against Mr. Nygard. His workers said they regularly lit torches at sunset and played the title song from “The Phantom of the Opera.” Michael Jackson and former President George H.W. In 2015, another former employee said, Mr. Nygard came into her locked room while she slept at his Los Angeles home and raped her. Bacon, the founder of Moore Capital Management LP in New York, accused Nygard in the lawsuit of engineering a 'malicious' smear campaign against him including street rallies, bogus YouTube videos, and attempts to falsely link him to arson, bribery, drug smuggling, the Ku Klux Klan and murder. Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard appeared at the Supreme Court of the Bahamas on Friday (above) after his luxury Bahamas estate was seized amid allegations of illegal dredging, The court ordered the seizure after Nygard failed to pay almost $2.4 million in legal fees to Save The Bays. US authorities say they have indicted Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard on nine charges including racketeering and sex trafficking. Louis Bacon, the hedge fund founder who has been in a longstanding dispute with Mr. Nygard. Nevertheless, Nygard has more or less doubled the size of his property over the past 30 years, Fred Smith, a lawyer for Save the Bays, said. Two self-described former gang members, Livingston “Toggie” Bullard and Wisler “Bobo” Davilma, told the Bacons’ investigators that Mr. Nygard had hired them for dirty work, like torching his ex-girlfriend’s hair salon and staging anti-Bacon rallies, according to court records. that teaches users unique dances through... 'Twitter killer' is sentenced to death in Tokyo for murdering and dismembering nine 'suicidal' people he met... Health trust where 42 babies and 13 mothers died in 20 years 'had a culture of 'this is your fault' to... Court seizes fashion mogul Peter Nygard’s opulent Bahamian estate over illegal dredging | National Post, Nygard fights court's seizure of his Bahamas estate - Winnipeg Free Press. The woman, Jonna Laursen, then 32, told The Times that he raped her. At night, the temple becomes a smoking volcano whose steps are lit with flaming torches. Just over a year later, she said, she was fired without cause. Bacon has since returned to New York and doesn't visit the island often because he fears for his safety, Smith said. The videos turned up no sign of Mr. Nygard’s plotting murder. For entertainment, islandgoers can check out the 150,000-gallon aquarium or watch a movie in the 24-seat rainforest movie theater. Fashion mogul Peter Nygård has been arrested in Canada after US authorities charged him with with racketeering and sex trafficking, alleging decades of crimes that left dozens of victims in the United States, the Bahamas and Canada.. Court records show Nygård, who is 79, was arrested in Winnipeg under the extradition act and was to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon. The allegations became more bizarre: One street protest in Nassau featured men in white hoods and placards proclaiming, “Bacon Is KKK.” New websites funded by Mr. Nygard claimed Mr. Bacon was responsible for several murders, court records show. The police headquarters in Nassau. The owner, Peter Nygard, a Canadian fashion executive, showed off his estate on TV shows like “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and threw loud beachfront parties, reveling in the company of teenage girls and young women. There were more substantial gifts. For more than a year, Marvinique Smith and her sister, Marrinique, were central to the developing lawsuit. It was 'clearly an orchestrated publicity stunt to create an unwarranted false impression about Mr Nygard,' it says, adding the designer intends to sue those responsible. One of his lawyers said he had “never treated women inappropriately” and called the allegations “paid-for lies.”. When asked about that, Ms. Ross said she meant it would pay in “justice.”. Mr. Nygard did not respond to most of The Times’s questions. Pictured, construction at the property. Peter Nygard is a hard-partying retail tycoon, whose estate is fit for a Mayan emperor. Mr. Bacon preferred hunting alone with a bow and arrow to attending wild parties, and if mentioned at all in the press, was typically described as buttoned-up. While the glitterati get first priority at Nygard Cay, regular people can also book cabanas. Bacon has long opposed Nygard's effort to expand his property in the Bahamas' gated Lyford Cay community, following a 2009 fire. Smith claims Nygard's actions have limited the natural flow of sand to his neighbor's properties and a national park that is nearby. Afterward, Ms. Miller said, the investigators took her and Ms. Fox to the resort’s Cartier store. Why not be the first to send us your thoughts, “They are handing the defendant arguments,” said Jeanne Christensen, a New York lawyer focusing on sexual harassment. GEORGE BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM 1000 George Bush Drive West College Station, TX 77845 Telephone: (979) 691-4004 Fax: (979) 691-4050 TTY: (979) 691-4091 She said Mr. Nygard steered her upstairs and raped her. At Mr. Smith’s suggestion, six women went to the Bahamian police — a big step, as law enforcement is considered the most corrupt public institution in the country, according to a 2017 Transparency International study, and sex crimes are notoriously underreported. Magical moment base jumpers leap from cliff face, Impressive moment hot water thrown into air immediately freeze, Premier League ace arrives in court for lockdown crash sentencing, Jack Grealish crashes £80k Range Rover into cars and mounts pavement, Adorable moment puppies settle down for nap in daycare centre, NYPD shoots dead gunman who opened fire near Christmas carollers. Thrill-seekers can stop by the nightly shark feeding or have a chauffeur drive them to the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Place Casino, which is 15 minutes away, for some gambling. Others cast aspersions on Mr. Bacon, claiming he had paid Nygard employees to dig up dirt and had objected to black Bahamians visiting Lyford Cay. Nygard's company said in a statement that the seizure of his property is 'illegal,' the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan indicted Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard on nine counts, including charges of sex-trafficking, involving dozens of women, some of whom were underage. WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard has been arrested in Winnipeg. “He preys on poor people’s little girls,” said Natasha Taylor, who worked there for five years. Both are locked in … Police officers and local journalists dined at his home; one later admitted in court that Mr. Nygard had paid him to smear Mr. Bacon. To help the inquiry, the Bacons moved five witnesses — two former Bahamian employees of Mr. Nygard and three former girlfriends — to the United States and covered their living expenses. Nygard, who hails from Manitoba, has been repeatedly accused … The resort dispatches Hummers to pick up guests at the airport in nearby Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. Mr. Nygard also had allies in the Progressive Liberal Party, which he wanted to legalize stem cell injections. Mr. Bacon and his older brother, Zack, hired a small army of lawyers and private investigators, including veterans of the F.B.I. The actress Jessica Alba, who attended a Nygard party while filming “Into the Blue” in 2004, later described it as “gross.” “These girls are like 14 years old in the Jacuzzi, taking off their clothes,” she said on a press tour. His associates have spent two years finding women to bring claims against Mr. Nygard. Nygard arrived at the Supreme Court of the Bahamas on Friday after the island's Deputy Provost Marshall and police officers seized the estate at Nygard Cay after earlier being denied entry. The move is the latest in the Finnish-born designer's decade-long dispute with his neighbour – billionaire hedge fund manager Louis Bacon. All were included as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. There were the nine women in Winnipeg and Los Angeles who accused Mr. Nygard of sexual harassment or assault. Next door, Louis Bacon, an American hedge fund billionaire, presided over an airy retreat with a lawn for croquet. Instead, his spokesman, Mr. Frydman, sent affidavits from former employees who asserted that their boss had never abused women and that no underage girls were allowed at Nygard Cay. There's volleyball, snorkeling, jet skiing, waterslides, basketball and a water trampoline for people looking for more activity. The F.B.I. Peter Nygard has been under investigation for allegations of sexual assault in Winnipeg, the U.S. and the Bahamas. Fred Smith, a prominent human-rights lawyer, came on board. 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