For more than a year, Marvinique Smith and her sister, Marrinique, were central to the developing lawsuit. This isn’t the first time that Mr. Nygard, whose company sells women’s clothes at his own outlets and Dillard’s department stores, has been accused of sexual misconduct. When asked about that, Ms. Ross said she meant it would pay in “justice.”. A 48-foot fishing boat is available to take visitors to see the parrotfish that roam the Caribbean's deep blue waters. or debate this issue live on our message boards. 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. Drawn by the money and promise of modeling gigs, she later returned, recruiting other women, she said. Mr. Bacon and his brother said they were unaware of any gifts and payments, and expressed confidence in Mr. Smith’s professionalism. The F.B.I. 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. Mr. Nygard was a formidable opponent. Two were relatives. Mr. Smith also gave Ms. Ross $500 a week to work on another potential lawsuit against Mr. Nygard, this one for workplace abuses. 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.). Louis Bacon, the hedge fund founder who has been in a longstanding dispute with Mr. Nygard. But it escalated so much that two years ago, Bacon filed a lawsuit alleging Nygard had hired assassins to kill him and Smith. Both are locked in … Members of the 20-person staff are available to respond to visitors' requests. “I’m not going to give them $100 to lie, for goodness’ sake,” he said. The Fish Fry, a strip of restaurants in Nassau where former Nygard associates said they recruited women. The Cay is inspired by the Mayan civilization’s architecture. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. “It’s a good cause, regardless of what you think may have been the motivation,” said Greg Gutzler, the lead lawyer in the lawsuit. “I sent you money to buy a new dog,” Mr. Nygard wrote after his company wired her almost $10,000. Asia Argento refuses to accept Rose... Beyoncé loses legal bid for injunction against wedding firm... That's the spirit! 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. Sex crimes in the country often go unreported. 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. Afterward, Ms. Miller said, the investigators took her and Ms. Fox to the resort’s Cartier store. 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. “It was an assault on me, my reputation, my safety,” Mr. Bacon said. “I knew the right thing would be to report it,” Ms. Laursen said, “but somehow I felt that I would come out the loser.”. One of the major buildings is a 3,000 square metres (32,000 sq ft) grand-hall with a 45 tonnes (100,000 lb) glass ceiling. Marvinique said she was invited to a pamper party in 2010, when she was 15. In 2009, a blaze erupted at Nygard Cay, damaging several cabanas, the so-called grand hall and the disco. Her sister recounted a horrific tale: Mr. Nygard had raped her as cartoons played on TV. Two were related to a close friend. Looking out a car window, Mr. Nygard said there were many women with whom he hadn’t yet had sex. Ms. Smith said she confessed to lying because Ms. Ross, who was dating her boyfriend’s father, stopped paying her. Smith says that although Bacon is on the board of Save the Bays, the group doesn't exist only to fight Nygard's expansion plans. One woman, now involved in the suit, told The Times she was 14 when she met Mr. Nygard at one of his stores in 2015; she has a photo with him that day. EXCLUSIVE: 'No father would want his daughter to wed him!' 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. “Call police immediately,” he said. Some women said they felt exploited by both men — by Mr. Nygard for sex, and by Mr. Bacon against his enemy. Once he got them to his Bahamas estate, Nygard allegedly raped and sodomized them. Instead of being an ex-spy, he was a former car broker with a string of debts and failed businesses. 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. Reporters also spoke with five other women, who said Mr. Nygard sexually assaulted them in the Bahamas when they were teenagers. 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. 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. The move is the latest in the Finnish-born designer's decade-long dispute with his neighbour – billionaire hedge fund manager Louis Bacon. Once the party got going, the former employees and girlfriends said, they coaxed teenagers and young women into Mr. Nygard’s bedroom, sometimes with the aid of alcohol and drugs. Another former employee said that on a business trip to Hong Kong that same year, Mr. Nygard slipped into her hotel room while she slept. 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. The lawsuit claims that Mr. Nygard used his company, Nygard International, and employees to procure young victims and ply them with alcohol and drugs. Mr. Nygard sued over changes his neighbor had made years earlier to their driveway. The Bahamian police are still investigating. 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. A Courtyard Marriott worker gave me an alias. No comments have so far been submitted. His wealth was valued at more than double Mr. Nygard’s. Published: 17:11 GMT, 2 October 2018 | Updated: 20:24 GMT, 2 October 2018. He has never been convicted. “They said they were working for Louis Bacon.”. But his team created vulnerabilities, giving money and gifts to witnesses and accusers in the Bahamas, The Times found. Businessman Peter Nygard arrives at Norby Walters' 26th Annual Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 28, 2016. Winnipeg-raised fashion mogul Peter Nygard found himself locked out of his luxury home in the Bahamas on Friday. Smaller payments filtered down to some accusers, which could be used to undermine their credibility in any court case or investigation. 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The Bahamian pleasure palace featured a faux Mayan temple, sculptures of smoke-breathing snakes and a disco with a stripper pole. In April 2016, the Department of Homeland Security dug in. 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. “I couldn’t do it anymore,” Ms. Smith said, adding, “There might be girls that it actually happened to, but it didn’t happen to me and my sister.”. Too late to say sorry! He had employees sign confidentiality agreements and sued those he suspected of talking. According to the recent class action lawsuit filed by the DiCello, Levitt, Gutzler and the Haba Law Firm, Peter Nygard lured women into his house in the Bahamas by promising he’d help their careers. Here's how to eat better and look after... Make home your castle! Louis Bacon is a buttoned-up hedge-fund king, whose passion is conservation. There's volleyball, snorkeling, jet skiing, waterslides, basketball and a water trampoline for people looking for more activity. The latest development is a … His portrait hung outside a flagship store near Times Square, golden muscles flexing. Eventually, the Bacons paid the two about $1.5 million, mostly for secretly recording five meetings with Mr. Nygard. The fashion executive Peter Nygard has clashed for years with his neighbor in the Bahamas, the billionaire Louis Bacon. or debate this issue live on our message boards. The fashion executive Peter Nygard has clashed for years with his neighbor in the Bahamas, the billionaire Louis Bacon. “I of anybody knew what it was like to have this guy come at you,” Mr. Bacon said in an interview. An orphan from a poor neighborhood, she said a D.J. One even called Mr. Nygard the Bahamas’ “most generous and honest expatriate.”. One, who was not identified, said she was under 18 — the California age of consent — when she visited Mr. Nygard’s Los Angeles home in 2012. Their battle became a cottage industry for opportunists. 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. 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. 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. After it won the election, a Nygard YouTube channel posted a video featuring six ministers visiting his estate. The new allegations, mainly from women in Canada and the United States, show their case has nothing to do with the neighbors’ feud, the lawyers said. They had never even met him. Her lawsuit said Mr. Nygard knew her age “yet repeatedly had sexual intercourse with her.”. “So my heart went out to these women.”. They claimed Ms. Ross had paid them to make everything up. A 1980 news article described an area of his office in Winnipeg — the city in Manitoba where he built his company — as a “passion pit” with a mirrored ceiling and a couch that transformed into a bed at the “push of a button.”. Punters pack London pubs for a final drink (and substantial meal) before the... Mutant virus... or Project Tier? One of his lawyers said he had “never treated women inappropriately” and called the allegations “paid-for lies.”. Emails shown to The Times confirmed that she contacted a lawyer at the time about suing him. Court records show Nygard, who is 79, was arrested under the Extradition Act and was to appear in a Winnipeg courtroom on Tuesday afternoon. Research was contributed by Susan C. Beachy, Kitty Bennett, Johanna Lemola and Declan Schroeder. Nygard's company said in a statement that the seizure of his property is 'illegal,' the Winnipeg Free Press reports. 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. 180 Comments Harvest Grain. Smith claims Nygard's actions have limited the natural flow of sand to his neighbor's properties and a national park that is nearby. She drank too much and ended up in a bathroom barefoot in her bikini, she said. Mr. Nygard also had allies in the Progressive Liberal Party, which he wanted to legalize stem cell injections. They told their stories repeatedly to lawyers, investigators and the Bahamian police. 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. How a Neighbors’ Feud in Paradise Launched an International Rape Case. 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. Marvinique Smith said she and her sister were promised a huge settlement if they fabricated allegations against Mr. Nygard. Mr. Nygard declined multiple interview requests. He soon focused on a lawsuit, hoping to draw on the #MeToo movement and “the most aggressive lawyers in the world,” Zack Bacon said in a recording provided to The Times. The gate to Nygard Cay, where so-called pamper parties were held for young women. Mr. Nygard has denied this. It’s also a story about the lengths two rich men can go to in a small developing nation where the minimum wage is just $210 a week. 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. 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 … A dancer on Mr. Nygard’s plane. She said she was 10. Later, she recalled, she swallowed pills Mr. Nygard told her models took. The case was dropped after the woman refused to testify. She coached them on Mr. Nygard’s pickup lines, bedroom layout and sexual proclivities, the sisters said. The private investigators and Mr. Smith compensated two witnesses who found alleged victims: Litira Fox, a former girlfriend of Mr. Nygard’s who said she recruited for him, and Richette Ross, a former massage therapist at Nygard Cay who said she did the same. Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard has been indicted on charges of sex-trafficking, racketeering and other crimes involving dozens of women, some of … Ms. Macdonald quit in 1980, shortly after the Winnipeg police charged Mr. Nygard with raping an 18-year-old woman. His associates have spent two years finding women to bring claims against Mr. Nygard. “He was like, ‘It’s a gift from our boss,’” Ms. Miller recalled. The firm’s leader, Jeff Davis, told Zack Bacon that he’d worked for the C.I.A. She and her sister felt guilty and scared. But in October, the sisters told a very different story to Times reporters: They had never been assaulted by Mr. Nygard. At more than $50,000-a-night, Nygard Cay in the Bahamas offers one of the most expensive escapes in the world. “It will pay very handsomely,” she wrote. She said she had never told anyone what happened. The lawsuit would later claim that women were sodomized and forced into other acts they found degrading. A single mother from Denmark, she said she worried the police wouldn’t take her seriously and she’d lose her reputation and job. 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 … Within days, the war began. The hedge fund founder maintained that wasn’t true. 'Mr Nygard considers himself to be completely above the law in the Bahamas,' Smith told the newspaper. Facing legal troubles over his property, Mr. Nygard hasn’t been to the Bahamas in more than a year. Mr. Nygard used his wealth to intimidate critics and buy allies. When she emerged, her friends had gone. But when Mr. Nygard wasn’t allowed to rebuild after a fire, he blamed Mr. Bacon. Ms. Ross did well. Nygard has denied all allegations and blames a conspiracy caused by a feud with his billionaire neighbor in the Bahamas. By last summer, Mr. Smith and the private investigators had introduced about 15 Bahamian women to American lawyers at the DiCello Levitt Gutzler firm. This 32,000-square-foot space includes an opulent dining table that seats 24, a private breakfast room, a fully stocked bar, a game room and a five-star kitchen. It was partly destroyed by a fire on November 10, 2009. Next door, Louis Bacon, an American hedge fund billionaire, presided over an airy retreat with a lawn for croquet. The videos turned up no sign of Mr. Nygard’s plotting murder. In 1995, a new hire was taken from the airport to Mr. Nygard’s Winnipeg office-apartment, where he had sex with her “against her will,” a lawsuit said. Tamika Ferguson, whose face is not pictured because she doesn’t want to be recognized, said Mr. Nygard raped her at 16. Earlier on Tuesday, FBI confirmed to CTV News that officers raided the Nygard fashion house. One victim was only fifteen when she met Peter Nygard. But The Times spoke with 10 others who said he had proposed sex, touched them inappropriately or raped them. He slow-walked lawsuits, filing countless motions and requesting delays, exhausting his foes. EXCLUSIVE: Snapchat is set to rollout its original show 'Move It!' His lavish Caribbean estate, Nygard Cay… His estate looked like something out of Las Vegas. Canadian Fashion Mogul Peter Nygard Charged With Sex Trafficking, Faces U.S. A video made by Nygard staff, according to a former contractor, superimposed Mr. Bacon’s face on the collapsing Twin Towers. (She asked to be identified by her maiden name to keep people from knowing her connection with Nygard Cay.). But Mr. Bacon was a rare adversary. The battalion. 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. There were the nine women in Winnipeg and Los Angeles who accused Mr. Nygard of sexual harassment or assault. 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. Accusers received smaller payments. Separately, two women sued Mr. Nygard last month for sexual battery. 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. In the other lawsuit, a former employee, Maridel Carbuccia, claimed Mr. Nygard drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Los Angeles home in 2016. Nygard’s home in Lyford Cay, Bahamas, featured fake volcanos spouting dry ice, an underground cave housing 30 cars and an indoor pool with … Only 55 rapes were tallied there in 2018, while Cleveland, with a similar population size, had 585. Eric Gibson, a former Nygard employee and longtime friend, called The Times on his behalf. Lies, Spies and Double Agents: On the Trail of Peter Nygard in the Bahamas We switched hotel rooms every few days so no one could track us. Bahamas' Deputy Provost Marshal, along with a team of police officers, enter Nygard Cay after its seizure. Court records show Nygard, who is 79, was arrested … The resort dispatches Hummers to pick up guests at the airport in nearby Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. The woman, Jonna Laursen, then 32, told The Times that he raped her. 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' Then he sued the government, saying it was colluding with Mr. Bacon to force him off the island. The Nygard residence, located in the wealthy Lyford Cay community. Bacon has since returned to New York and doesn't visit the island often because he fears for his safety, Smith said. The move is the latest in the Finnish-born 's decade-long dispute with his neighbour – billionaire hedge fund manager Louis Bacon. Mr. Nygard’s property was unlike any other in Lyford Cay, one of the most exclusive communities in the Bahamas. The police headquarters in Nassau. Only those who were young, slim and with a curvy backside — which Mr. Nygard called a “toilet” — were supposed to be allowed inside, according to the ex-employees, including Ms. Taylor. “I can’t get into killing,” he said in footage obtained by The Times. Nygard International began in Winnipeg as a sportswear manufacturer. There were more substantial gifts. 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. The rich and famous come in search of luxury, privacy and sunny, 77-degree days. for 10 years — including in something called “the ghost program,” Mr. Bacon recalled. They were planning to bring a lawsuit in New York, where Mr. Nygard’s company had its corporate headquarters. Nygard's lawyer maintains the accusations are completely false. They persuaded some of Mr. Nygard’s allies to provide evidence for a defamation lawsuit, filed in 2015. “‘You need to find pretty girls in need.’”, Eventually his staff compiled an invitation list, provided to The Times, with names of more than 700 women. Mr. Davis turned out to be a fraud. While the glitterati get first priority at Nygard Cay, regular people can also book cabanas. Snake sculptures seen through Nygard Cay’s gate. Mr. Davis told them that Mr. Nygard had “put out hits on them,” several recalled in interviews. But two later recanted, saying they had been promised money and coached to fabricate their stories. Mr. Bacon, 63, has accused Mr. Nygard of plotting to kill him. When Ms. Laursen threatened to go to the press, a company manager offered her $6,700 and a letter of recommendation for her silence, she said. “They are handing the defendant arguments,” said Jeanne Christensen, a New York lawyer focusing on sexual harassment. Some environmental groups and residents have said an expansion may damage the surrounding ecosystem and beaches. 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's luxury Bahamas estate has been seized by authorities amid allegations of illegal dredging at the property. A Nygard store in a Nassau mall was another alleged recruiting spot. Burly bodyguards drove them to different houses and hotels, swerving through traffic and changing cars, saying they were being followed. Since the American lawyers filed the suit, they said, they’ve received calls from more than three dozen women alleging abuse as far back as the 1970s. Peter Nygard with Robert De Niro in Nygard Cay, Bahamas Photo by Peter Nygård Global / Archival image. and Scotland Yard. Ken Frydman, his spokesman, denied all the claims and said Mr. Bacon had spent more than a decade trying “to smear Peter Nygard by coercing women to fabricate and manufacture sordid stories about him.” Mr. Nygard also accused Mr. Bacon in a lawsuit of masterminding a conspiracy “to plant a false story” in The Times about sexual misconduct. Nygard, the chairman of Winnipeg-based Nygard International, and Bacon, own adjacent properties in Lyford Cay, a gated community on New Providence island. All were included as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. He bragged he’d given the party $5 million during the 2012 election campaign — legally, as the Bahamas has no campaign finance laws. Only one of them is a plaintiff in the lawsuit. Ms. Ross had undisclosed connections with other women she brought to the lawyers. In an interview, she speculated that Mr. Nygard had paid the Smith sisters to recant — a notion they rejected. Three said they were under 16 at the time, the age of consent there. 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