Signage at the Nygard headquarters is shown in Winnipeg, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Two sons of a Canadian fashion mogul have filed a lawsuit against their father saying they were statutorily raped at his direction when they were teenagers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Two of Canadian fashion mogul’s sons file lawsuit alleging rape

NEW YORK — Two sons of a Canadian fashion mogul have filed a lawsuit against their father saying they were statutorily raped at his direction when they were teenagers.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges Peter Nygard directed the rape of his sons by a sex worker.

It alleges that in 2018 Nygard’s 14-year-old son was brought to Winnipeg, where the woman was instructed to have sex with the teen to “make a man” out of him.

The lawsuit claims that Nygard instructed the same woman to have sex with another son, who was 15 years old at the time, in the Bahamas in 2004.

Nygard is facing a separate class-action lawsuit by 57 women alleging he used violence, intimidation, bribery and company employees to sexually assault victims and avoid accountability for decades.

Nygard has previously denied all allegations and blames it on a conspiracy caused by a feud with his billionaire neighbour in the Bahamas.

He stepped down as chairman of his company after the FBI and police in New York City raided his offices in February soon after the initial lawsuit was filed.

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