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New streaming service Discovery+ has unveiled a timely true-crime documentary thriller that will investigate fashion mogul Peter Nygard.
Unseamly: The Investigation of Peter Nygard will take a close look at the Canadian “King of Polyester,” who was arrested two days ago on allegations that he sexually abused women and underage girls after wooing them with the promise of jobs in fashion and modeling over a 25-year span.
Nygard, 79, built a fashion empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars and is said to have lived an “extravagant playboy lifestyle.” He owned several homes, including a six-acre estate in the Bahamas built to resemble a Mayan temple.
Several women have accused him of being a “dangerous sexual predator who ‘practiced’ and ‘perfected’ the crime of sexual assault for decades.” More than 80 women in the Bahamas, Canada and the United States have joined a class-action lawsuit that accuses Nygard and his companies of rape, sexual assault and sex trafficking going back to the 1970s. Their accusations led to an investigation by the FBI and, ultimately, Nygard’s arrest this week in Canada for extradition to the United States.
The four-episode Discovery+ doc will dive into the accusations and explore Nygard’s life, from his humble beginnings to his career in the fashion industry to a public feud with a powerful neighbor that exposed the sexual assault and trafficking allegations against him.
Unseamly features exclusive interviews with journalists, attorneys, family members and former employees as well as a dozen alleged victims who share their stories of violent encounters with Nygard, claiming that they were brought in for fashion shoots and then assaulted.
Nygard also has been accused of drugging women, some underage, at his estate in the Bahamas. He is accused of throwing “pamper parties” where he would invite women to stay overnight; if they declined, the staff would drug them, his accusers say.
The parties are said to have drawn the ire of Nygard’s neighbor, billionaire Louis Bacon, resulting in a years-long feud. Eventually, Bacon and a not-for-profit he helped fund paid for investigations that uncovered the allegations against Nygard.
Nygard, who has stepped down from his company, and his legal team have vigorously denied all these accusations, despite his recent Dec. 15 arrest.
“Peter Nygard’s headline-making arrest this week is one of the final chapters in a shocking case that has been unfolding for decades,” said Lisa Holme, group senior vp content and commercial strategy at Discovery+, in a statement. “Our partners at Blackfin have quietly worked for the last year to research and film the full scope of this story, and we hope our documentary series shines a light on this important and developing case.”
The limited series was directed and executive produced for Blackfin by Geno McDermott and Stephanie Nanes, with Chris Hansen as executive producer and Emily M. Bernstein as showrunner. For Discovery+, Pamela Deutsch is executive producer.
All four episodes of Unseamly will be available to stream exclusively on Discovery+ on Feb. 12. The streaming service launches Jan. 4.
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