NYC-based talent agent joins international actress on a growing list of alleged conspirators in accused fashion designer’s international sex trafficking ring
NEW YORK – In a court filing in New York on November 11, New York-based “talent agent” Jonathan Baram followed on the heels of Instagram model Suelyn Medeiros in being accused of knowingly and actively recruiting young women for Nygard as part of a sweeping international sex trafficking venture. The lawsuits, filed by DiCello Levitt Gutzler, portend to be the first of many.
“We have dozens of co-conspirators, in several countries, that our investigation has identified. We know the truth and that truth will be told,” said Greg Gutzler, the victims’ attorneys. “Those co-conspirators should come forward now and cooperate with our investigation to help the victims and to hold Nygard and his co-conspirators accountable. Those who attempt to hide will be brought to justice.”
In the most recent filing in New York, Defendants Jonathan Baram and his company, Warren & Baram Management LLC, are accused of enticing another of Nygard’s victims, who was a 17-year-old girl at the time, to travel to New York in 2017, on the pretense of offering her acting and modeling representation, with knowledge that she would be sex trafficked to Peter Nygard.
Baram is accused of luring the victim from Canada to his New York apartment, coercing her into posing for nude photos, which he sent to Nygard, and subsequently taking her to Nygard’s penthouse apartment, where he knew that she would be raped. The lawsuit alleges that Nygard Company employees and Baram plied the victim with alcohol spiked with drugs and encouraged her to drink, even though they knew she was underaged. The complaint details, how, shortly after Jane Doe was taken into a bedroom to “meet” with Nygard and discuss “modeling,” she lost consciousness. The lawsuit explains that the victim awoke to find Nygard on top of her, sodomizing her, continuing to attack her even as she resisted. After Nygard assaulted the victim, the lawsuit describes how Baram then took the victim back to his apartment, where Baram groped her as she begged him to stop.
While Baram purports to run a talent agency for models and actresses, the Complaint posts pictures of Baram in which he proclaims himself to be a “pimp.” One of his clients, Suelyn Medeiros, was also recently accused of being a key sex trafficker for Peter Nygard. A copy of the complaint can be found here.
In February 2020, Federal agents and the New York Police Department raided Nygard’s Manhattan headquarters and his Los Angeles home, following a five-month investigation into allegations of sexual assault by a joint child exploitation task force including F.B.I. agents and the NYPD.
For a copy of the complaint, click here.