A Canadian fashion mogul, already the subject of a sexual misconduct lawsuit, has been accused in a separate suit of arranging the rapes of his underage sons by a "known sex worker."
Peter Nygard, 79, is the subject of a new civil lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, according to Canadian outlet CBC News. Nygard's sons are not publicly named in the lawsuit and are identified as John Doe No. 1 and John Doe No. 2.
In the suit, the older of the sons alleges that in 2004, when he was just 15, Nygard directed a "girlfriend" to sexually assault him at Nygard's Bahamas home, according to the civil complaint provided to Oxygen.com.
The younger of the two sons (John Doe No. 2) also alleges that Nygard directed the same woman to sexually assault him in 2018, when he was 14, at the businessman's Winnipeg residence. Nygard said he wanted to “make a man” of the teen, the lawsuit alleges.
"Each of the sons has experienced, first-hand, the destruction caused by Peter Nygard’s sex trafficking venture and, through their truth, stand for accountability and justice," the complaint stated.
The suit also alleged that Nygard's girlfriend is "a known sex worker" and that he used company money to pay for the encounters with the boys. The woman is not named in the complaint.
"My client is shocked by these allegations, which he says are completely false. He categorically denies them. You'll note that the allegations are really nothing more than generalities," Nygard's lawyer told the CBC.
A spokesperson for Nygard added the suit is "completely without merit and repeats previous inaccurate accounts purely to raise salacious material,” according to the New York Post.
“The allegations are vehemently denied. The complaint is yet another effort filled with falsehoods in a manufactured campaign and calculated conspiracy designed to destroy Peter Nygard," the spokesperson continued.
Earlier this year, the FBI raided Nygard's offices in New York as part of a sex-trafficking investigation, according to the BBC. The search came as Nygard faced a separate lawsuit from at least 10 unnamed women that accused him of abusing "young, impressionable, and often impoverished children and women" at his home in the Bahamas.
Dozens more women later came forward and alleged abuse at the hands of Nygard after the class action lawsuit was filed, The New York Post reported.
The sons are being represented by the same firm that filed the class action lawsuit earlier this year, Dicello Levitt Gutzler.
Nygard founded the women's apparel company Nygard International in 1967. He stepped down from the company amid the ongoing sex trafficking investigation earlier this year, though he continues to deny any wrongdoing.
The company filed for bankruptcy in March, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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