Disgraced Fashion Mogul Found Guilty

Disgraced Fashion Mogul Found Guilty

(NationRise.com) – Disgraced Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard was found guilty on four different criminal counts of sexual assault on November 12, after five women accused him of using the private bedroom of his company headquarters to attack them. The verdict by the jury in Toronto came after days of deliberations that started on November 8.

The 82-year-old man was acquitted of sexual assault but found guilty on four others as well as one count of forcible confinement. In the trial, which lasted nearly two months, the Canadian court heard emotional and graphic testimony from the five women, whose identities were protected. Different reports revealed that the assaults happened from the 1980s to the 2000s.

According to prosecutors, Nygard met them in social settings and eventually invited them to his Toronto clothing empire. The women claimed that each of these “tours” always ended in Nygard’s bedroom suite, which had numerous televisions, a jacuzzi, and a bed. Prosecutors said the suit’s doors didn’t have handles and noted that the fashion mogul controlled the locks.

One of his victims told the jury she was 16 years old when an older man she was dating at the time brought her to the clothing company’s headquarters. She explained that Nygard assaulted her a couple of hours later and a woman who was working for him gave her an emergency contraceptive pill.

Another woman broke down during the testimony. She told the court in Toronto that while Nygard assaulted her, the worst moment for her was thinking that any complaint she would make against him would be dismissed. The woman said she thought no one “would believe me” because of Nygard’s power and fortune.

The disgraced fashion mogul said he didn’t recall any of the meetings with the five women, and denied all allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. However, Crown prosecutor Ana Serban said in her closing arguments that his testimony had no credibility as it was “unreliable.”

According to a CNN report, prosecutors told the network a sentencing hearing has been set for November 21.

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