As Peter Nygard sits behind bars waiting for possible extradition to the United States one of his accusers has named his niece as a ‘key conspirator’ in his alleged sex trafficking cases.
Vancouver-based model April Telek filed a lawsuit in a California court in November against Nygard’s niece Angela Dyborn, whom she had befriended back in her earlier modelling days.
Dyborn “has been a key cog in his vast sex trafficking network” Telek said in the suit.
“(She) has been instrumental in knowingly aiding, abetting, facilitating, conspiring, and participating in (Nygard’s) sex trafficking conspiracy.”
She alleges Dyborn lured her so she could be sexually assaulted by Nygard.
Telek is one of more than 57 women who are part of a class-action lawsuit in New York alleging the 79-year-old sexually assaulted them over decades.
The lawsuit was stayed last August as the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal case into Nygard is ongoing.
Nygard is currently in Headingley Correctional Centre, facing extradition to the U.S. after a nine-count grand jury indictment on sex trafficking and racketeering charges. Nygard has repeatedly denied all allegations and blames a conspiracy caused by a feud with his billionaire neighbour in the Bahamas.
According to the lawsuit, in November 1993, Nygard called Telek, who was living with her family in North Vancouver at the time.