Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard appeared nearly in advance of a Quebec court judge from a Toronto jail on Tuesday on expenses of sexual assault and forcible confinement courting again nearly 25 years.
Nygard, in an orange jumpsuit with his hair tied again, took notes through the temporary proceedings right before Judge Anne-Marie Lanctôt.
He was represented by Montreal attorney Laurence Juillet, who waived the looking at of the prices and reserved a final decision on no matter whether a long run trial would be in advance of a jury or a judge on your own.
Disclosure of proof could be carried out as early as Tuesday, with the Montreal scenario set to return to courtroom on April 4. Nygard will not be expected to look in court docket upcoming Monday for what his attorney explained as a procedural listening to.
An arrest warrant issued in Montreal alleges Nygard, 80, committed one count of sexual assault and just one count of forcible confinement involving the exact same target, in between Nov. 1, 1997 and Nov. 15, 1998.
Outside the house the courtroom, prosecutor Jerome Laflamme explained to reporters he was confined in what he could say about the circumstance, which includes the gender of the alleged victim. He did ensure the target was more than 18 many years old at the time of the alleged crimes.
A publication ban was asked for in the Montreal case and the Crown has opposed bail — a technicality considering the fact that Nygard is now detained whilst dealing with sex-associated prices in Toronto and the United States.
“That is where by we are going to choose regardless of whether we will set a day for his bail listening to or not, but the prosecution is objecting to his release,” Laflamme said of the upcoming court docket date. “The prosecution will insist on a fast demo.”
Previous tumble, Nygard was charged in Toronto with 6 counts of sexual assault and a few counts of forcible confinement in alleged incidents dating again to the late 1980s and mid-2000s. He has denied those allegations.
Earlier this yr, a Toronto courtroom turned down his bid to be unveiled on bail.
Nygard is also experiencing extradition to the United States.
He was very first arrested in Winnipeg in 2020 below the Extradition Act just after getting billed with 9 sex-connected counts in New York. Authorities in the U.S. allege he utilised his posture in the fashion field to lure females and women. Nygard, who has denied the allegations by his attorney, had agreed to be extradited to the U.S. to deal with a demand of sexual intercourse trafficking.
Final week, federal Justice Minister David Lametti mentioned he issued an purchase stating Nygard could be extradited to the U.S., but included, “only after present legal rates in Canada have been dealt with.” Laflamme instructed reporters Tuesday that the completion of the Montreal circumstance is section of the circumstances for extradition.
The previous head of a multimillion-dollar clothing corporation also faces a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. involving 57 girls with identical allegations.