Prince Andrew allegedly stayed with a fashion executive accused of rape

Naomi Gordon
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From Harper's BAZAAR

A millionaire fashion executive accused of raping 10 women and girls at his Bahamas home allegedly hosted Prince Andrew and his family at the property two decades ago.

A civil class action lawsuit submitted in New York City alleges that Peter Nygard coerced "young, impressionable, and often impoverished children and women" to his Bahamas home with money and offers of modelling opportunities, only to then "assault, rape, and sodomise them".

Nygard, 77, is accused of targeting 10 young women between 2008-15, according to the lawsuit filed by the alleged victims.

The Duke of York is believed to have stayed at Nygard's mansion with his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, in June 2000, and their two daughters Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.

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Nygard reportedly hosted many celebrities and high-profile figures at his home in the Bahamas capital of Nassau.

There is no evidence to suggest that Prince Andrew knew anything about Nygard's alleged activities, nor is he the subject of any alleged wrongdoing in connection with the lawsuit against Nygard.

Nygard is Finnish-Canadian fashion founder and chairman of the company Nygård International, a Canadian clothing brand for women. It is one of the largest women's clothing manufacturers and suppliers in the world.

In 2009, he was rated the 70th richest Canadian by Canadian Business Magazine with a net worth of $817 million (£620 million).

Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Andrew was stepping down from royal duties following a backlash over his friendship with sex offender Jeffery Epstein and his subsequent "excruciating" televised interview with Newsnight's Emily Maitlis.

Prince Andrew categorically denies any form of sexual misconduct and says he is "willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency" investigating incidents related to Epstein.

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