He branded them along with his initials — after which he branded them liars.
Nxivm founder Keith Raniere shamelessly labeled his accusers as liars in Brooklyn federal court docket on Tuesday — earlier than he was sentenced to 120 years behind bars for working a twisted sex-slave cult.
Sporting navy prison-issue scrubs over an orange shirt, the 60-year-old sicko gave some off-the-cuff remarks after a slew of his victims detailed how they had been sexually, bodily and mentally abused by him to the court docket.
“They’re mendacity for a motive and that causes stems from me,” the perverted puppet grasp stated, insinuating he’d achieved one thing to trigger his former followers to lie about him.
Providing a non-apology, Raniere stated he was “deeply sorry” for the ache he’d brought about — whereas additionally insisting he was harmless of the fees, which included sex-trafficking, racketeering, little one pornography and compelled labor.
“I do really feel deep regret however I don’t really feel regret for the crimes I didn’t commit,” Raniere stated calmly from his seat on the protection desk.
The creepy cult chief even regarded as his accusers within the gallery — and lauded them for talking in court docket, regardless of claiming they had been mendacity.
“It’s nonetheless painful to stand up there and communicate and it takes braveness,” Raniere instructed the ladies.
Trying on the decide, he added: “The damage is true. The anger is true.”
Throughout his 2019 trial, victims outlined how the upstate guru created a master-slave group inside Nxivm the place ladies handed over damaging “collateral” like nude pictures — then had his initials branded into their pores and skin, had been positioned on strict diets and had been pressured to pleasure him.
Those that spoke towards Raniere in court docket Tuesday included his first intercourse slave, recognized solely as “Camila,” who lastly broke her silence to inform the decide that the cult chief took her virginity at age 15.
India Oxenberg, the daughter of TV actress Catherine Oxenberg, also said Raniere starved her to make her appear like a 12-year-old and accused him of rape.
The grasp manipulator additionally requested the decide to go straightforward on his cohorts, together with “Smallville” star Allison Mack, who’s awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty final yr to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy fees for her function in Nxivm.
“Allison ought to spend no instances in jail,” Raniere stated.
One other of his followers, Seagram’s booze heiress Clare Bronfman, was handed practically seven years behind bars earlier this month.
“Not solely are they harmless… please rethink their roles,” Raniere stated of his accomplices.
“Blame me if you need to.”