Prince Andrew visited a millionaire tycoon who is accused of raping 10 women, some as young as 14 years old.
Finnish-Canadian fashion executive Peter Nygard, 78, ran a ‘sex trafficking scheme’ in the Bahamas that destroyed innocent lives, a 99-page lawsuit claims.
He allegedly told young girls he could make them models before sexually assaulting them and forcing them into performing ‘deviant acts’ between 2008 and 2015.
The Duke of York is reported to have taken his family to stay with the businessman at his luxury Bahamas estate after Nygard agreed out-of-court settlements with three employees who accused him of sexual harassment, according to MailOnline.
The royal and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson stayed at Nygard Cay, near Nassau with their two daughters Beatrice and Eugenie in 2000.
Prince Andrew’s link to Nygard follows his association with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
There is no suggestion Prince Andrew knew of Nygard’s alleged criminality.
Ten alleged victims – eight who were teenagers and two who were adult employees on the Nassau estate at the time – have accused Nygard of rape in the lawsuit filed in New York.
Three of the women were 14-year-olds who said they felt ‘scared and humiliated’ by the attacks, which left one allegedly needing medical treatment.
Nygard – estimated to be worth £690 million – is said to have plied the teenage girls with wine and drugs during ‘pamper parties’ at his 10-bedroom mansion after recruiting them at shopping malls and fashion events.
He kept a ‘database’ of 7,500 potential victims, according to the lawsuit.
The businessman allegedly used his company’s private jet to take victims on visits to London, Germany, Italy and China, while two yachts were used to transport drugs and alcohol for his parties.
All allegations in the 99-page lawsuit are strongly denied by Nygard.
On Thursday, his spokesman named them ‘completely false’ and ‘without foundation’, saying the tycoon ‘looks forward to fully exposing this scam and once and for all clearing his name’.
Last year, Virginia Giuffre claimed she was trafficked when she was 17 and was forced into sexual encounters with the Duke of York in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein.
The prince has ‘categorically’ denied all allegations.
Buckingham Palace told Metro.co.uk they had no comment on his links to Nygard.