NXIVM Celebrity Sex Cult Trial: Leader Keith Raniere Guilty On All Counts

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/CNN) – The jury has ruled NXIVM group founder Keith Raniere guilty on all counts of crimes including racketeering and forcing women to have sex.

In the prosecutor’s closing arguments of the 58-year-old Raniere’s racketeering trial were claims that the “NXIVM” self-help group he founded was secretly a sex cult set up like a pyramid scheme.

On Monday, prosecutor Moira Penza had called Raniere “a con man, a predator, a crime boss.”

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Prosecutors had shown the 16-person Brooklyn jury evidence of a number of crimes, ranging from images of child pornography to testimony from a woman who said she was tied to a table by Raniere and then forced to have oral sex performed on her by someone else.

Raniere pleaded not guilty to charges including racketeering, sex trafficking, sexual…

Original published: 2019-06-19 15:20:02 Read the full New York City News here


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