Steadfast and unwavering, the fifth and final woman to accuse Peter Nygard of sexual assault at his Toronto headquarters withstood an often tense cross-examination – including her claim that the now-disgraced fashion mogul had a “very small penis.”
With a therapy dog by her side, the actress and designer remained steadfast – if often tearful – in her harrowing account, even as her alleged rapist’s lawyer accused her of lying.
It began right at the beginning of his questioning, when she politely asked attorney Brian Greenspan if he could speak louder. “I guess I should have taken some acting lessons,” he snapped.
The now 56-year-old said she met Nygard at a nightclub in Hull, where he was creepily strutting around with 15-year-old model Monika Schnarre on his arm.
Greenspan accused them of just trying to paint him in a bad light; Didn’t she know that Schnarre was negotiating a contract at the time and that a companion was present?
“I’m glad,” she replied.
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Six months later, when Nygard made her mother an offer to fly her from LA to Toronto to discuss her career, the aspiring designer accepted his offer, she said. Their meeting at a bar near his headquarters at 1 Niagara St. was full of unpleasant sexual innuendos, she said, including Nygard’s statement that eating oysters was “like having a vagina in your mouth.”
She said she kept trying to deflect with jokes about how she wasn’t that kind of girl and tried to bring the conversation back to the point. “But he wasn’t interested in talking about fashion,” she said.
Join Nygard’s lawyer’s blame game. Then why did she follow him into his office, Greenspan asked.
“At that point I felt like we were finally getting to the question of why I was in Toronto,” she replied.
After Nygard showed her the showrooms, she said, she pushed something that caused the office wall behind her to open and close, revealing a small bedroom. After pouring her a drink, he grabbed her, she said, and pushed her onto the bed, where he first tried to sodomize her and then turned her over while angrily berating her for not cooperating.
“I said, ‘What about AIDS?'” because I was running out of options to stop this man from raping me. At that point I was paralyzed on the bed and couldn’t move,” she said, crying.
Nygard, 82, has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and forcible confinement in connection with the fifth complainant. He also pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing four other women.
Crown Neville Golwolla had anticipated where the defense would go and questioned why it only came forward in 2020.
“Of course, for all these decades, I have been very afraid to come forward for fear of some kind of retaliation against my life,” she explained. “Also, I feel that at the time this happened, society worked in a way that looked at women as ‘don’t get raped’ rather than ‘don’t get raped’, so the support wasn’t in women’s favor .”
It was her ex-husband, who now has daughters, who encouraged her to report the matter on their behalf.
“That’s what I really want – it’s not for me, I’m older now,” she insisted. “This is for a young generation of women growing up and they need to know they can report this immediately to prevent these predators from developing.”
As for the other accusers, Greenspan has suggested that they are only in it for the money – that they are part of a class action lawsuit in the US and that a conviction of Nygard would help their case.
The woman insisted she was not involved in a civil lawsuit against him.
Well, what if she had noted U.S. Attorney Gloria Allred by her side when she reported Nygard to the LA police, Greenspan asked.
Allred, she shot back, was referred to her by the LA rape treatment center and was her pro bono victim advocate – not her lawyer.
Greenspan then ended his questioning with his obvious evidence by questioning her claim to the LAPD that his client’s genitals were the size of a child’s.
“I’m telling you it’s a complete lie, isn’t it?” he stormed. “It’s pure fantasy and a total lie.”
“That’s wrong,” she replied calmly.
The process continues.