Fashion mogul Peter Nygard’s ex-girlfriend lured an aspiring model into his compound in the Bahamas and forced her to have sex with him, according to a federal lawsuit in Florida.
The alleged victim, identified only as Jane Doe, alleges that Suelyn Medeiros acted like Nygard’s madam by “recruiting young women for Nygard to rape them as part of his massive international sex trafficking venture,” attorney Lisa Haba wrote in the lawsuit. which was brought in in the Southern District of Florida.
Nygard, 79, was arrested in Canada on Tuesday on a federal charge in Manhattan for allegedly sexually assaulting dozens of teenage girls and women over decades. More than 50 women have charged the flamboyant Canadian tycoon with rape and sexual assault – many of whom say they were minors. Two of the businessman’s own sons accused him of hiring an escort to rape them when they were underage.
The Florida lawsuit alleges that in 2010, Medeiros became friends with Jane Doe when she was only 18 and subsequently seduced her to Nygard’s infamous Bahamas compound to be raped.
Medeiros told her to have sex with the elderly person, but not to worry as it would be “ really quick and easy, ” the filing says.
Jane Doe refused, and Medeiros abruptly left the island, leaving the teenage girl behind.
“Nygard forced Jane Doe onto his bed, held her arms down and ignored her attempts to tell him ‘no’,” the suit claims.
The next morning, he gave her $ 500 as “payment” for the rape, “Haba wrote.
The lawsuit, which Nygard doesn’t hate as the defendant, alleges that Medeiros traded hair and other women to the Finnish-born designer.
Medeiros was an employee of Nygard International – the clothing company headquartered in Times Square – but she really was a sex worker, the papers claim. “Her job was to have sex with Nygard and recruit and entice other young women to have sex with (or be raped, sexually assaulted or sexually assaulted by) Nygard,” Haba wrote in the complaint.
In return for her services, Medeiros was richly rewarded with cash, plastic surgery, stem cell injections, jewelry and four luxury cars, including a DeLorean. The filing includes photos of Medeiros blowing kisses from the driver’s seat of a red Ferrari.
The papers allege that Medeiros is still doing Nygard’s dirty work, helping him hide his alleged sex crimes that occurred in his palatial properties in California, the Bahamas and Canada.
The lawsuit is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Medeiros’ alleged role in Nygard’s sex trafficking conspiracy echoes the charges against Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of recruiting girls and women for sexual abuse by her and Jeffrey Epstein.
In a similar lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court last month, another woman, listed only as Jane Doe, sued talent agent Jonathan Baram who charged him with sex trafficking to Nygard, who is not listed as a defendant.
Medeiros is a client of Baram’s agency. She has appeared in numerous music videos, including R Kelly’s “I’m a Flirt” and Red Hot Chili Peppers “Humpde Bump,” according to her biography on the Warren & Baram Management website.
Medeiros and Baram did not immediately return requests for comment.