A Helsinki-based millionaire and clothing entrepreneur Peter Nygård has been sued in the US for civilian rape of underage girls. CBC Canada and The Globe and Mail report.
Ten women are said to have filed a class action lawsuit against Nygård in New York on Thursday. According to the women, Nygård would have run a sex shop for underage girls and raped them in a villa in the Bahamas. No criminal charges have been filed.
According to the CBC, three of the women report being at the age of 14 at the time of the alleged acts and three at the age of 15. The alleged rape is reported to have occurred between 2008 and 2015.
According to media reports, Nygård is alleged to have attracted women to their apartments or to their Bahamian villa by promising them money or well-paid model work. The women who attended the Nygård party say they got alcohol or drugs and were raped afterwards.
The 77-year-old Nygård Company has approximately 170 women's clothing stores in North America. Nygård's assets are estimated to be approximately $ 900 million, or EUR 830 million.
Jay Prober, a lawyer in Nygård, who is registered in Canada, denies the allegations. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Prober says the lawsuit has been anticipated and claims it is related to a decades-old neighbor dispute between Nygård and this neighbor of the Bahamas Manor.
"Peter Nygård expects to be able to uncover this ruse and finally clear his name," Prober tells the magazine.
The neighbors' dispute is based on the allegation that Nygård increased his Bahamas site by unauthorized dredging. Last November, Nygård was sentenced to 90 days in prison and fines of about € 135,000 for defamation.