A tycoon with links to Prince Andrew has been accused of raping teenagers he lured to his Bahamas mansion.
Peter Nygard, 78, allegedly told girls as young as 14 he could make them models before raping them and forcing them into performing 'deviant acts'.
Andrew visited Nygard at his lavish estate in 2000, after the Canadian fashion designer had agreed out-of-court settlements with three employees who accused him of sexual harassment.
The prince and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson stayed at Nygard Cay, near Nassau, with daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.
The new case threatens further embarrassment for Andrew, who stepped back from public life last year following a backlash over his relationship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew visited tycoon Peter Nygard (pictured together) at his lavish estate in the Bahamas in 2000
The prince and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson stayed at Nygard Cay, near Nassau, with daughters Beatrice and Eugenie (pictured with Nygard)
According to a 99-page lawsuit filed against him in New York, Nygard used his ten-bedroom mansion to host 'pamper parties' for teenage girls recruited at shopping malls and fashion events.
He and his employees told the girls they could be fashion models, but then plied them with wine and drugs before Nygard allegedly raped them.
Three alleged victims were 14-year-old virgins and said they felt scared and humiliated by the attacks, which left one needing medical treatment.
The case has been brought on behalf of ten women who allege they were raped by Nygard.
Eight were teenage girls and two were adult employees on the Nassau estate.
Lawyers said Nygard, who is worth an estimated £690million, ran a 'decades-long sex trafficking scheme' that destroyed innocent lives.
They said he used his company's private jet, dubbed 'N-Force', to take his victims with him on visits to London, Germany, Italy and China, and treated them as his 'personal servants'.
Lawyers said Nygard, who is worth an estimated £690million, ran a 'decades-long sex trafficking scheme' that destroyed innocent lives. Pictured: His lavish Nygard Cay estate
Two yachts were allegedy used to transport drugs and liquor for the parties and Nygard was said to keep a database of 7,500 potential victims.
The case has parallels with some of the accusations against Epstein, who used his private jet, known as the Lolita Express, to traffic young women and girls.
One Epstein victim, Virginia Roberts, claims she was trafficked to London and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she when she was 17.
Andrew has repeatedly denied her account and he is not involved in the Nygard lawsuit.
A spokesman for Nygard said the allegations were 'completely false, without foundation and are vigorously denied'.After fashion exec Peter Nygard was accused of raping 10 young women at a mansion Prince Andrew once visited, GUY ADAMS asks what the Duke finds so attractive about foreign billionaires who own luxury Caribbean properties?
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With the Jeffrey Epstein scandal still casting its ugly shadow, the Queen's second son may now face the fallout from a second deeply unedifying legal case involving one of his wealthy acquaintances.
His name is Peter Nygard. He is a leathery 78-year-old Canadian fashion tycoon, famed for his ultra-flamboyant dress sense and the hedonistic lifestyle he has for years pursued at a 'private luxury resort' he owns in the Bahamas.
Called Nygard Cay, it is built on a 4.5-acre patch of the island of New Providence which he bought in 1987 and spent a decade turning into what he later described as a 'dream home', with 150,000 sq ft of Mayan-themed buildings, stretching over a dozen 'cabana-style' residences designed for holding lavish parties.
Peter Nygard is a 78-year-old Canadian fashion tycoon, famed for his ultra-flamboyant dress sense and the hedonistic lifestyle he has for years pursued at a 'private luxury resort' he owns in the Bahamas. Pictured: Actress Suelyn Medeiros and Peter Nygard arrive at a fashion event
The buildings include a casino, a disco hut (with cameras beneath the dance floor, reportedly to shoot images of revellers from below), a glass ceiling weighing 45 tons and the world's largest sauna, a 6,000 sq ft A-frame lodge made from 2ft-thick Canadian pine logs.
In the grounds there is a helipad, fake volcanoes that belch dry ice, a flock of peacocks, stone cobras which hiss steam at sunset, 60ft towers festooned with hundreds of flaming torches (lit nightly by staff), and giant statues of nude women, purportedly modelled on the owner's former girlfriends.
Andrew visited in early 2000, around the time of his 40th birthday.
By then he had been divorced for four years and, with his Royal Navy career drawing to a close, was in the first throes of a midlife crisis that would also see him pursue an ill-fated friendship with Epstein, whose own private Caribbean island — subsequently dubbed 'paedo island' after disturbing revelations about the financier — he had visited the summer before.
Like Epstein, Nygard moved in colourful circles. The father of at least seven children by four women, he was at the time dating former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, and had for years entertained famous chums at Nygard Cay.
His personal website boasts that guests ranged from pop royalty (Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz) to Hollywood A-listers (Robert DeNiro, Sylvester Stallone, Jessica Alba, Zoe Saldana, Sean Connery) to the former U.S. President George H. W. Bush and several members of the Kennedy clan.
None of these high-profile chums, many of whom are pictured on Nygard's website, seemed unduly bothered that their host had in recent years settled widely reported sexual harassment cases against three women who worked for his clothing company.
Andrew, who visited with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and their two daughters, was also untroubled by that pressing fact.
The 99-page document says the well-connected tycoon (pictured) used his wealth and status to systematically 'groom and entice underage girls' into a globetrotting harem
Nygard founded clothing producer Nygard International and is known as an eccentric playboy
The visit to Nygard's home did not, of course, feature in the Court Circular. Instead, details were disclosed by the billionaire in an interview with Canada's National Post newspaper shortly afterwards, when he waxed lyrical about how excited it had made his elderly mother, who was also in residence there.
'Last week was a big week for her,' he said. 'On Monday, George Bush came over to my house, and then on Thursday, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew came over.' In fact, Nygard recorded Andrew's visit for posterity.
A photograph shows them wandering together on the sand, with the Prince wearing boat shoes and matching blue shorts and shirt.
Other royal guests of Nygard over the years have included Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Princess Michael of Kent, while he has also pursued a doubtless lucrative business relationship with Cherie Blair.
All of which provides an intriguing, not to mention potentially explosive, backdrop to a truly extraordinary legal action that was launched in New York this week.
On Thursday, lawyers acting for ten unidentified women filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that Nygard's Bahamian mansion, where so many celebrities and a handful of royals partook of his hospitality, was a den of iniquity where countless underage girls were routinely abused.
With the Jeffrey Epstein scandal still casting its ugly shadow, the Queen's second son (pictured alongside ex-wife Sarah Ferguson) may now face the fallout from a second deeply unedifying legal case involving one of his wealthy acquaintances
The 99-page document says the well-connected tycoon used his wealth and status to systematically 'groom and entice underage girls' into a globetrotting harem, where they would be paid cash and promised 'lucrative modelling opportunities', after which he would 'assault, rape and sodomise them'.
The allegations are all vigorously denied by Nygard, whose spokesman derided them yesterday as 'completely false' and 'without foundation', saying the tycoon 'looks forward to fully exposing this scam and once and for all clearing his name'.
But for their part, Nygard's accusers, who are demanding a jury trial on multiple abuse and sex-trafficking charges, insist he would instruct employees to 'procure' young girls, largely from poor neighbourhoods of New Providence, to attend events at the mansion.
He would then, the accusers say, take them to what he called 'pamper parties', where they were 'plied with drugs and alcohol', then violently assaulted. Other alleged abuse occurred on yachts and at properties in Nygard's portfolio of luxury residences, which stretches to Florida, California and New York.
In one of the cases, Nygard is accused of showing a 14-year-old girl vile 'pornography' before raping her, 'causing extraordinary pain and trauma'. She claims to have been paid cash from Nygard's company funds in return.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
Another accuser says she was 15 when Nygard invited her to a bedroom in his Bahamian mansion during a 'pamper party', ostensibly to smoke marijuana. She claims he 'asked her...' to perform a depraved sex act. When she refused, she says he 'attempted to sodomise' her and 'then raped her vaginally'.
Several others allege they were drugged by Nygard before being raped and assaulted.
One 14-year-old local claims he gave her three pills before raping her when