Peter Nygard asked his girlfriends to have abortions so he could use fetuses for stem cell research to stay young
Nygard was arrested in Canada at the behest of US prosecutors. He now faces extradition on charges of sexual assault, racketeering, and trafficking.
It has been claimed that Peter Nygard wanted to get his girlfriends pregnant and have abortions so he could use the fetuses for stem cell research to stay young. The shocking allegation comes as the 79-year-old fashion mogul dominated headlines after being charged with sex trafficking and allegations he abused girls as young as 14, The Sun reported. Nygard was arrested in Canada at the behest of US prosecutors. He now faces extradition on charges of sexual assault, racketeering, and trafficking.
Ongoing legal action has garnered the support of at least 57 alleged victims who claim Nygard used violence, bribery, intimidation, and his employees to lure victims into his circle. Nygard, who has a net worth close to $1 billion, vehemently denies all the allegations leveled against him.
The mogul's alleged bizarre behavior was reportedly chronicled in a new book by Melissa Cronin titled 'Predator King: Peter Nygard’s Dark Life of Rape, Drugs, and Blackmail'. Cronin, who also investigated pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, has claimed Nygard had a dangerous obsession with staying young. The fashion magnate eventually set up his own stem cell research company on the island of St. Kitts, near his home in the Bahamas. According to Cronin, Nygard sought to use aborted fetuses from his pregnant girlfriends to source fresh stem cells.
“I may be the only person in the world who has my own embryos growing in a petri dish,” he allegedly said.
Suelyn Medeiros, an ex-girlfriend of Nygard's, revisited a trip she took with him to Ukraine in a 2014 memoir. According to her, he was having stem cell research done.
“He asked, ‘Suelyn, do you know what the best stem cells are?’” Medeiros recalled Nygard asking, to which she replied “embryos”.
“Correct! If you got pregnant and had an abortion, we could use those embryonic cells and have a life’s supply for all of us: you, your mother, and me. A lot of people are doing it,” he continued.
Medeiros wrote how she "was beyond stunned", according to book excerpts published in the New York Post. “This was the sickest thing I’d ever heard Peter say,” she said. “I couldn’t speak for a moment. Finally, catching my breath, I said, ‘Peter, I do not believe in abortion.’”
Nygard would reportedly often host what he called "Pamper Parties" at his private island resort Nygard Cay in the Caribbean, where he would force himself upon girls, drug them, or offer them cash.
The tycoon is now facing charges related to "at least a dozen" victims in a pattern of criminality across the US, Canada, the Bahamas, and some other locations, the Justice Department said in a statement.
Acting U.S. attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan said since 1995 Nygard had used his influence and businesses to “recruit and maintain” victims in the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas to sexually gratify himself and his associates. Nygård, according to the authorities, often targeted victims who came from disadvantaged backgrounds or had suffered abuse.
As per the indictment, Nygard took some victims, who he allegedly called “girlfriends", to swingers clubs where they would be intimidated into having sex with other men, “to facilitate Nygård having sex with other women and for his own sexual gratification." Nygard also allegedly used threats of arrest, reputational harm, and lawsuits to silence potential accusers.
Nygard’s victims would have their passports taken from them when they were flown into the Bahamas, the lawsuit alleges, adding the designer “expected a sex act before he was willing to consider releasing any person” from his estate.