Bail hearing for Peter Nygard rescheduled after Crown seeks delay

A Manitoba judge has put over a bail hearing for Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard after Crown prosecutors sought a delay and a special sitting dedicated to the matter.

Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Judge Theodore Bock granted the request for a delay and a special sitting sought by Crown prosecutor Scott Farlinger, rescheduling the hearing for Jan. 19 and 20.

Nygard, 79, is accused of sexually assaulting, drugging and/or coercing dozens of victims in the U.S., Canada and the Bahamas, as well as other locations.

He appeared in court Wednesday via video link from Headingley Correctional Centre wearing a blue surgical mask with his hair in a bun. He has been in custody in Manitoba since his arrest at a Winnipeg home on Dec. 14, 2020, following a request by the U.S. government under an extradition treaty.

Nygard’s lawyer, Jay Prober, told court Nygard’s health is at risk while he is in custody because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But prosecutor Farlinger said late submissions by the defence team meant he needed more time to respond.

U.S. authorities laid out the allegations against Nygard in a 24-page federal grand jury indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the southern district court of New York last year.

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