WINNIPEG — A protest against Winnipeg fashion mogul Peter Nygard got underway Wednesday afternoon.
Approximately 50 people are outside of a former Nygard building on Notre Dame Avenue, including community activists from organizations that represent newcomers and migrant women.
The demonstration comes as the 79-year-old Nygard faces a class-action lawsuit from 57 women, including 18 Canadians, alleging sexual assault over a period of four decades.
Nygard has repeatedly denied all allegations. No criminal charges have been filed against him.
Last Friday, the judge presiding over the case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York stayed court proceedings until further notice.
Court records show the judge’s order was sealed and access to information about why there was a stay has been restricted.
The sealing order prevents lawyers from commenting on why the case was stayed.
The protesters said they gathered to stand in solidarity with victims of sexual violence and raise awareness about Nygard’s history of alleged abuse.
-With files from Kelly Geraldine Malone of The Canadian Press.
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