OTTAWA — Peter Nygard, the Canadian former fashion executive who was once given to boasting about his flamboyant lifestyle, waived a Canadian extradition hearing on Friday, a move that will soon bring him to the United States to face charges of sex trafficking, racketeering conspiracy and other crimes victimizing dozens of women and teenage girls.
Mr. Nygard was arrested in December at his house in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the request of the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan. A nine-count federal indictment charged that Mr. Nygard, 80, deployed his company’s influence, its money and its employees to recruit adult and “minor-aged female victims” during a 25-year period for his sexual gratification and that of his associates.
Mr. Nygard sexually assaulted some, the indictment said, while his associates assaulted or drugged others “to ensure their compliance with Nygard’s sexual demands.” The indictment said that their actions took place in the United States, the Bahamas and Canada.
Following his arrest, Mr. Nygard’s Canadian lawyer denied the charges and predicted that his client would be vindicated.