December 2, 2023

By Eva Rothenberg | CNN

Former trend mogul Peter Nygard was discovered responsible of 4 counts of sexual assault in a Toronto court docket on Sunday, following a six-week trial.

Nygard, 82, was accused by 5 girls of attacking them in a sequence of incidents from the Nineteen Eighties to the mid-2000s. He was acquitted of 1 rely of sexual assault and one rely of forcible confinement.

A sentencing listening to will probably be set on November 21, prosecutors informed CNN.

CNN has reached out to Nygard’s lawyer for remark.

Nygard can also be awaiting potential extradition to america, the place he faces a federal indictment filed in 2020 within the Southern District of New York that accuses him of utilizing his trend enterprise as a “façade of legitimacy” as a way to conceal intercourse trafficking and different criminal activity. Prosecutors allege the businessman used his ties to the style business to entice younger girls with medicine, cash and the lure of a profitable modeling profession.

The accusers had been then “forcibly sexually assaulted, drugged, and/or coerced into sexual contact with Nygard,” in accordance with the US indictment. Many alleged victims had been underage women who got here from deprived backgrounds or had a historical past of abuse.

Ken Frydman, a former spokesman for Nygard, has mentioned up to now that the allegations towards Nygard are false and meant to break the designer and his companies.

Nygard consented to be extradited to america in 2021 however in 2023 he appealed towards extradition, in accordance with court docket paperwork reviewed by CBC.

Nygard served as chairman of Winnipeg-based girls’s clothes firm Nygard Worldwide, which he based in 1967. In March 2020, Nygard Worldwide filed for chapter safety in Canada and america after the intercourse trafficking allegations.

Clarification: This story has been up to date to replicate when Frydman made the feedback to CNN.

CNN’s Sheena Jones, Madeline Holcombe, Laura Ly, Sonia Moghe and Ray Sanchez contributed to this report