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World NXIVM ‘cult’ leader Keith Raniere jailed for 120 years

01:45  28 october  2020
01:45  28 october  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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Nxivm founder Keith Raniere was convicted last year of racketeering, sex trafficking, child pornography possession and other crimes. As leader of the group he recruited women as slaves and forced them to have sex with him. Prosecutors said the 60 year old should spend his life behind bars

Keith Raniere , the founder of the group NXIVM , was sentenced to 120 years in prison after a shocking trial revealed the organization was grooming sex slaves for their leader , who still claims he’s “innocent.” Raniere was convicted last year on multiple counts, including racketeering, sex trafficking, and forced

Disgraced self-improvement guru Keith Raniere, whose NXIVM followers included millionaires and Hollywood actors, was sentenced to 120 years in prison on Tuesday for turning some adherents into sex slaves branded with his initials.

a statue of a person: Lawyer Marc Agnifilo makes an argument at the sentencing hearing in the sex trafficking and racketeering case against Raniere as Raniere sits inside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in New York [Jane Rosenberg/Reuters] © Lawyer Marc Agnifilo makes an argument at the sentencing hearing in the sex trafficking and racketee... Lawyer Marc Agnifilo makes an argument at the sentencing hearing in the sex trafficking and racketeering case against Raniere as Raniere sits inside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in New York [Jane Rosenberg/Reuters]

US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis handed down the sentence in federal court in Brooklyn after a lengthy hearing featuring statements by victims of a sex-trafficking conspiracy that resulted in Raniere’s conviction last year.

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Nxivm leader Keith Raniere was slammed with 120 years behind bars Tuesday for running a twisted sex-slave cult where women were branded like cattle and forced to sleep with him. Keith Raniere , leader of sex cult Nxivm , sentenced to 120 years in prison.

Keith Raniere , the former leader of self-help group NXIVM , was sentenced to 120 years in prison in a federal case that accused him of turning some female members into his "sex slaves" branded with his initials. Raniere , a self-improvement guru whose organization attracted millionaires and actresses

Prosecutors had sought life in prison while defence lawyers said he should face 15 years behind bars.

Raniere, 60, has shown no remorse, with his lawyers telling the judge before the sentencing that their client was not sorry “for his conduct or his choices”.

The sentencing culminated several years of revelations about Raniere’s programme, NXIVM (pronounced Nexium), which charged thousands of dollars for invitation-only self-improvement courses at its headquarters near Albany, New York, along with branches in Mexico and Canada. Adherents included millionaires and Hollywood actresses willing to endure humiliation and pledge obedience to the defendant as part of his teachings.

NXIVM has been the subject of two TV documentary series this year, HBO’s, The Vow, and the Starz series, Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult.

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Keith Raniere , 60, was found guilty last year of sex trafficking, racketeering, fraud and other crimes.Credit HBO. Keith Raniere promised a path to happiness, seducing successful and wealthy people who felt they lacked a higher purpose in life. His company, Nxivm , offered self-improvement

THE leader of a ' cult ' which is alleged to have branded, blackmailed and brainwashed women has been arrested on allegations of sex trafficking. In arrest documents seen by Sun Online, Keith Raniere is accused of raping girls as young as 12, imprisoning a woman for 18 months because she developed

Prosecutors said Raniere led what amounted to a criminal enterprise, inducing shame and guilt to influence and control co-conspirators who helped recruit and groom sexual partners for Raniere. He was convicted last year on charges including racketeering, alien smuggling, sex trafficking, extortion and obstruction of justice.

They said that among other crimes, Raniere began a sexual relationship in 2005 with a 15-year-old girl and confined another teenager to a room for nearly two years.

Raniere had come under harsh attack on Tuesday from former followers during sentencing in his sex-trafficking case.

India Oxenberg, the daughter of Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg, called him an “entitled little princess” and a sexual predator and lamented that she “may have to spend the rest of my life with Keith Raneire’s initials seared into me”.

The likelihood of leniency had seemed to dissipate with the recent sentencing of Clare Bronfman, 41, an heir to the Seagram’s liquor fortune, for her role in what has been described by some ex-members as a cult. Bronfman was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison. Prosecutors had only sought five years.

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Nxivm leader Keith Raniere has been found guilty on seven counts of racketeering, sex trafficking, conspiracy, wire fraud and other crimes. Following a seven-week trial, jurors took less than five hours to deliberate Raniere 's case. He could see life in prison for these charges.

SEX cult leader Keith Raniere has shocked the world with allegatons that he kept 20 'sex slaves' She said that in the years after NXIVM was founded, Raniere was known as a successful Where is Keith Raniere now? Raniere is currently facing life in prison as he was found guilty of two counts of

Ex-followers told the judge that Bronfman had for years used her wealth to try to silence NXIVM defectors.

Reniere’s followers called him “Vanguard”. To honour him, the group formed a secret sorority comprised of female “slaves” who were branded with his initials and ordered to have sex with him, the prosecutors said.

Women were also pressured into giving up embarrassing information about themselves that could be used against them if they left the group.

Along with Bronfman, Raniere’s teachings won him the devotion of Hollywood actors, including Allison Mack of TV’s, Smallville. Mack also has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

In a sentencing submission, lawyers for Raniere said he “continues to assert his complete innocence to these charges.”

They wrote that his jury conviction at an unfair trial resulted from a media campaign involving witnesses who were motivated to testify falsely as part of a “heavy-handed prosecution that threatened potential defence witnesses.”

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