Fashion mogul Peter Nygard appears virtually before Quebec judge on sex charges
Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard appeared just about prior to a Quebec court docket decide from a Toronto jail Tuesday on expenses of sexual assault and forcible confinement dating back nearly 25 a long time.
Nygard, in an orange jumpsuit with his hair tied back, took notes for the duration of the quick proceedings just before Judge Anne-Marie Lanctot.
He was represented by Montreal attorney Laurence Juillet, who waived the studying of the charges and reserved a conclusion on no matter if a foreseeable future demo would be before a jury or a decide alone.
Disclosure of proof could be done as early as Tuesday, with the Montreal case set to return to court on April 4. Nygard will not be expected to seem in courtroom future Monday for what his lawyer described as a procedural listening to.
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An arrest warrant issued in Montreal alleges Nygard, 80, dedicated one particular count of sexual assault and just one rely of forcible confinement involving the very same sufferer, among Nov. 1, 1997, and Nov. 15, 1998.
Exterior the courtroom, prosecutor Jerome Laflamme informed reporters he was confined in what he could say about the situation, together with the gender of the alleged sufferer. He did validate the sufferer was in excess of 18 many years previous at the time of the alleged crimes.
A publication ban was requested in the Montreal situation and the Crown has opposed bail — a technicality since Nygard is by now detained when struggling with intercourse-related rates in Toronto and the United States.
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“That’s wherever we’ll make your mind up no matter whether we will set a day for his bail listening to or not, but the prosecution is objecting to his launch,” Laflamme said of the following court docket date. “The prosecution will insist on a speedy trial.”
Previous slide, Nygard was billed in Toronto with 6 counts of sexual assault and 3 counts of forcible confinement in alleged incidents dating back again to the late 1980s and mid-2000s. He has denied people allegations.
Previously this year, a Toronto court docket rejected his bid to be unveiled on bail.
Nygard is also facing extradition to the United States.
He was 1st arrested in Winnipeg in 2020 beneath the Extradition Act immediately after staying billed with 9 sexual intercourse-similar counts in New York. Authorities in the U.S. allege he utilized his place in the style marketplace to entice gals and ladies. Nygard, who has denied the allegations as a result of his attorney, had agreed to be extradited to the U.S. to confront a cost of intercourse trafficking.
Last week, federal Justice Minister David Lametti stated he issued an buy stating Nygard could be extradited to the U.S., but extra, “only after latest legal fees in Canada have been addressed.” Laflamme explained to reporters Tuesday that the completion of the Montreal circumstance is part of the situations for extradition.
The previous head of a multimillion-greenback outfits organization also faces a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. involving 57 girls with very similar allegations.
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