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Prince Andrew stayed at the home of a rapist billionaire accused of assaulting 10 women and girls, it has been revealed.
Peter Nygard, who is accused of raping girls as young as 14, let the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson stay at his Caribbean home in 2000.
The 77-year-old fashion tycoon Nygard is the second of Andrew’s former pals to be accused of sex crimes, after his embarrassing ties to late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
A civil lawsuit against Nygard has been filed by the 10 teenagers.
The latest revelations of Andrew’s links to a tycoon accused of a sex scandal will come as a major embarrassment to an under-fire Royal family.
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Andrew and ex-wife Fergie stayed at Nygard's Bahamas mansion of fashion mogul Nygard, The Mirror reports.
Of Nygard's victims, three were just 14 at the time, while another three were 15.
The latest sensational claims come months after Andrew quit his royal duties over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
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Andrew and his then-wife Sarah Ferguson stayed at 77-year-old Nygard’s Caribbean home in 2000.
The Finnish-Canadian billionaire is accused in a New York court of luring the young women and girls to his mansion, promising that he would help them become models.
His alleged victims claim he plied them with booze and drugs before sexually assaulting them.
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The lawsuit says Nygard “recruited, lured and enticed young, impressionable and often impoverished children and women, with cash payments and false promises of lucrative modelling opportunities to assault, rape and sodomise them”.
It claims the women and girls were entertained at “pamper parties” where Nygard would have bartenders at his Mayan-themed home spike their drinks with date-rape drug Rohypnol.
The lawsuit alleges Nygard's staff were instructed to find young women for the weekly parties.
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It also claims he tried to buy "police protection and political cover in the Bahamas by making regular payments of tens of thousands of dollars to law enforcement, government officials, regulators and even to a former Cabinet minister who became the Prime Minister of the Bahamas”.
Nygard is additionally alleged to have “paid people, using Nygard Company money, to intimidate his former ‘girlfriends’ by slashing their tyres, committing arson, paying police to threaten to arrest them and by having them followed”.
The alleged rapes took place between 2008 and 2015.
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There are no criminal charges associated with any of the allegations.
Nygard’s lawyer Jay Prober said his client “vigorously” denied the accusations as “completely false and without foundation”.
He added: “Peter Nygard looks forward to fully exposing this scam, and once and for all clearing his name.”
Nygard faced three sexual harassment claims by former staff in the 1990s, all of which he settled.
Asked about 59-year-old Andrew’s stay at the mansion, the Palace said: “It is not something we are offering comment or guidance on.”
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