The Duke of York remained at the home of a fashion tycoon accused of raping 14-year-old teenagers, it was said last night.
Peter Nygard, 77, would have attracted the girls to his Bahamas estate by promising to be able to model them before using them with alcohol and drugs and then forcing them to perform sexual acts.
The billionaire is accused of targeting 10 young women between 2008 and 1515, according to a lawsuit filed by the alleged victims in New York. The Duke of York is believed to have stayed in Mr. Nygard’s home with his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, in June 2000.
There is no evidence that the Duke knew anything about Mr. Nygard’s alleged activities.
The duke faced an intense examination of his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, the culprit of the sexual offense.
The 99-page lawsuit filed against Mr. Nygard claims that he used his 10-bedroom property to host “spoiled parties” for girls recruited in malls and fashion events.
Lists a number of New York-based Nygard corporations for their role in financing, facilitating and covering the alleged abuse, and asks the Manhattan court to ban Mr. Nygard to commit illegal acts and to assign “damages for an amount to be determined at the trial”.
Nygard strongly denied all the charges against him. His spokesman said he “can’t wait to fully expose this scam and permanently delete his name”.