A judge yesterday sentenced embattled fashion designer Peter Nygard to 90 days in prison after he was found in contempt for violating an injunction barring him from publishing emails that were stolen from the environmental group Save The Bays.
Nygard could avoid an additional 30 days in prison if he pays a $150,000 fine within the next seven days. The fine will increase by $5,000 for each day that it remains unpaid.
Justice Ruth Bowe-Darville imposed the sentence in the fashion mogul’s absence as he failed to appear for the hearing.
Nygard was found in contempt after his lawyers in the United States tried to publish the emails in court proceedings in New York.
Bowe-Darville has ordered Nygard to make a written apology to the court, provide “full and verifiable reasons for his non-appearance” and to give a written undertaking to discontinue the use of the emails in the New York proceedings within seven days.
Nygard will incur a daily fine of $5,000 until he complies with the order.
Nygard has also been ordered to pay full indemnity costs before he can proceed or be heard on any other applications.
Julian Malins, QC, Ferron Bethell, Camille Cleare and Viola Major appeared for the plaintiffs Frederick Smith, QC, the Coalition to Protect Clifton Bay and Callenders and Co.
Rouchard Martin appeared for Nygard.