Nxivm sex-cult founder Keith Raniere faces as much as life behind bars Tuesday when he’s set to be sentenced within the horrific abuse of scores of younger girls.
The 60-year-old sex-trafficker masquerading as a self-help guru was found guilty by a Brooklyn federal jury final 12 months of running a twisted secret group out of Albany that sexually, bodily and mentally abused followers.
Raniere “portrayed himself as a savant and a genius” — but was nothing greater than “an enormous manipulator, a con man and the crime boss of a cult-like group involving intercourse trafficking, little one pornography, extortion-compelled abortions, branding, degradation and humiliation,” then-US Lawyer Richard Donohue mentioned after the sex-obsessed fraudster was convicted in June 2019.
“The proof proved that Raniere was really a modern-day Svengali.”
Raniere adopted a perverted script akin to one thing straight out of a Hollywood horror drama to fulfill his God-like complicated, prosecutors mentioned throughout his seven-week trial.
The shaggy-haired chief in contrast himself to Einstein and Gandhi whereas touting Nxivm as a “neighborhood guided by humanitarian ideas that search to empower folks.”
However behind the scenes, he created a secret master-slave group for ladies inside Nxivm known as DOS, the place stick-thin devotees were branded with his initials above their genitals, made to wear dog collars and submit to unwanted sex with Raniere and different members, the feds mentioned.
At Nxivm coaching programs, Raniere allegedly spouted such sickening claims as rape may be an “sudden expertise of freedom” for ladies — whereas constructing a sex dungeon stuffed with rubber-spiked paddles and “pet coaching” canine collars.
The lecherous chief’s stellar line-up of feminine recruits was chilling.
Seagram’s booze heiress Clare Bronfman helped funded the group — as he wooed TV actresses Allison Mack of “Smallville’’ and “Battlestar Galactica’s” Nicole Clyne, in addition to India Oxenberg, the daughter of blue-blood “Dynasty” TV star Catherine Oxenberg, into Nxivm’s ranks.
Raniere — who glided by the title “The Vanguard” — preyed on the younger as he dedicated what the FBI known as “severe crimes in opposition to humanity.”
His first sex slave, Camilla, was 15 when he introduced her from Mexico to New York alongside together with her two older sisters, prosecutors mentioned.
The feds mentioned they think Raniere had intercourse together with her when she was nonetheless underage — and futilely tried to introduce testimony at trial from one other alleged sufferer who said she was 12 or 13 when he raped her.
Raniere dubbed the Mexican teen his “Virgin Camila’’ — a part of his weird plan to make use of her as some type of “vessel” to supposedly obtain immortality — and took porno pictures of her, based on testimony at his trial.
Raniere impregnated all three siblings — amid intercourse romps that included no less than two of them along with him — then compelled them to get abortions, testified one of many sisters, Daniela.
He instructed Daniela her abortion was an opportunity to drop some weight, she mentioned.
Raniere would repeatedly order his feminine slaves to maintain strict diets — while pigging out himself on pizza, potato chips and cake, based on testimony.
Many have been then branded with a cauterizing pen in ceremonies videotaped by different members to show their loyalty to the group, some girls mentioned.
Daniela mentioned that after she dared to kiss one other man, Raniere banished her to a single room for 2 years.
“The world closed in on me,” she recalled. “Each diploma of freedom I had was misplaced.”
In the meantime, her sister Camila ended up changing into considered one of Raniere’s “first-line masters’’ in DOS — or “Dominant Over Submissive,” based on testimony.
The feminine masters every had their very own “slaves” beneath them, whereas Raniere was the “grandmaster.”
Former members described blackmail schemes that concerned Raniere taking photos of their private parts — and the cult threatened to launch them if the ladies strayed.
The ex-members mentioned additionally they have been saved in line through torture akin to being compelled to face barefoot within the snow, take chilly showers and being locked in cages.
One girl wept as she testified about being tied up by Raniere as one other feminine member carried out oral intercourse on her.
In June 2019, the jury took underneath 5 hours to convict Raniere of all the seven counts in opposition to him, together with for sex-trafficking, racketeering, little one pornography and compelled labor. He faces 15 years to life on the fees.
He proceeded to launch two failed bids for a brand new trial, claiming things like the feds blocking loyal members from testifying on his behalf.
Raniere maintained throughout a TV interview that aired final week that he is innocent and the sufferer of “injustice.’’
And he nonetheless has some supporters — even together with Daniela’s dad. The person, solely recognized as Hector, glowed in documents submitted to the court docket earlier this month that Raniere is “all the time honorable.’’
Bronfman and Mack were charged in the case, as have been a number of others. The pair pleaded responsible for his or her roles, with Bronfman landing nearly seven years behind bars earlier this month and Mack nonetheless awaiting her destiny.
India Oxenberg, who’s featured within the latter present, broke her silence earlier this month — saying she was raped by Raniere and amongst these branded together with his initials.
“He’s a predator,” she mentioned.
She is considered one of about 10 victims anticipated to talk at Tuesday’s sentencing. Raniere, who didn’t testify at his trial, has additionally vowed to protest his innocence.
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