Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Davis Tweets That Nygard Allegations Are “Extremely Serious”

Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party Philip Davis says the allegations against Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard “should be pursued to the full extent of the law.’

Though not in an official statement, Davis used Twitter to express the seriousness of the charges against Nygard.

Davis said he, “hope[s] the women involved receive justice.”

Why it matters

The Free National Movement has called on the PLP to publicly condemn the actions of billionaire Nygard who is known to be a major financier to the party and caused quite a stir in the 2017 elections when documents circulated showing that Nygard sent 94,131.10 to the account of the former Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson.

The big picture

Peter Nygard was arrested in Winnipeg, Canada, and is expected to be extradited to the US for sex crimes against fifty-seven women from the  Bahamas, the U.S., and Canada. On Tuesday, he faced nine counts of racketeering, sex trafficking, and other related crimes.

What the women say in a lawsuit filed in the U.S Court

According to the Guardian in the UK:

  • Nygard drugged the women to ensure they met his sexual demands.
  • Nygard targetted women from disadvantaged backgrounds or who had suffered abuse.
  • Nygard referred to his victims as “girlfriends” and took them to swingers clubs where they had sex with other men.
  • The victims were alleged to be 14 or 15 years old when Nygård gave them alcohol or drugs and then raped them.
  • He bribed Bahamian officials to recruit victims in the Bahamas, US and Canada.
  • Victims’ passports were taken from them when they arrived in the Bahamas and “expected a sex act before he was willing to consider releasing any person” from his estate.
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