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Bahamas: Don’t Link Us With Nygard, Says Stb

SAVE the Bays has again defended itself from claims tying it to a US class action lawsuit accusing Peter Nygard of raping ten women.

The lawsuit, filed on February 13 in New York, alleges Mr Nygard raped women, paid them hush money and helped cover-up his alleged crimes with bribes to law enforcement and Progressive Liberal Party officials.

PLP chairman Fred Mitchell has repeatedly said Save the Bays (STB), an environmental group, must be investigated along with attorney Fred Smith to see if they have acted within the confines of the body’s charitable mandate.

The New York Times reported over the weekend that Louis Bacon, Mr Nygard’s Lyford Cay neighbour, helped form STB, bringing Mr Smith on. The Times described how Mr Bacon and his associates spent millions to push sexual assault allegations against Mr Nygard, introducing a potential vulnerability to the case.

Nonetheless, Save the Bays said in a statement yesterday: “…Our organisation has nothing to do with the current legal woes of PLP benefactor Peter Nygard. We are an environmental conservation and good governance NGO which has only ever clashed with the fashion designer over his illegal dredging and other unauthorised construction activities at Nygard Cay which damaged the environment.

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