Since fashion mogul Peter Nygard faced with allegations of sex trafficking, his office was raided.
Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said the FBI and New York police executed the search warrant.
Nygard’s spokesman Ken Frydman said authorities executed search warrants on Nygard’s offices in New York and California, and he said his client is “not surprised” by the raids.
“Nygard welcomed the investigation and expected his name to be cleared” said Frydman said. “He has not been charged, is not in custody and is cooperating with the investigation.”
He later announced that Nygard will step down as chairman and will deprive his ownership interest. There aren’t any publicly filed charges against Peter. But, FBI searching for his office suggested the existence of a federal criminal investigation.
10 women filed a civil suit against Nygard, claiming the fashion mogul sexually assaulted them. Some of them were reportedly minors at the time of the alleged assaults.
He has been accused of enticing young women with drugs, money and hopes of a successful modeling career.
The suit also accuses Nygard of sex trafficking at Lyford Cay, a 150,000 square-foot compound in the Bahamas.
It claims Nygard sexually assaulted most of the women luring them to the Cay for “pamper parties” attended by prominent political figures.
The lawsuit says some of the young women were held at one of his residences. The women held there were not allowed to leave without his permission and were forced to perform sexual acts. They were also forced to recruit new victims, the suit says.