Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Sex Cult Leader Keith Raniere Sentenced To 120 Years In Prison

 Keith Raniere, a self-help guru who ran a secret cult NXIVM, where women were branded with his initials and ordered to have sex with him, has been sentenced to 120 years.


Raniere, 60, was handed the sentence by US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn on Tuesday. 15 former NXIVM members spoke out against Raniere during the hearing.

Judge Garaufis said “no words can adequately express the lasting pain” Raniere caused his victims. He also fined Raniere $1.75 million, the maximum allowed by the law.

Federal prosecutors had sought a life sentence for Raniere for crimes he committed as the leader of NXIVM, a purported self-help group he founded 1998 in Albany, upstate New York.

During his trial, prosecutors said NXIVM was in fact a cover for a sex cult that manipulated and brainwashed dozens of victims, putting some on starvation diets.

The victims, most of whom were women, described what they called Raniere’s devastating impact on their lives.
They told of how they had to hand over embarrassing photographs and documents that were kept as collateral to keep them quiet about what was going on.

His control was apparently so absolute that one woman testified about how she was confined to a single room for two years after she said she was attracted to someone else.

The first speaker, identified in court only as Camila, recounted a 12-year sexual relationship with Raniere starting when she was 15 and he was 45.

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