NXIVM Leader Keith Raniere Sentenced to 120 Years in Prison
Keith Raniere ran NXIVM’s Executive Success program for years, guaranteeing participants that they would discover how to fall any challenges in their path on the roadway to discovering their true north in business and in life.
Though the self-improvement courses attracted some big names in business and home entertainment over the years, there was a far more troubling operation taking place behind the scenes.
In June 2019, Raniere was found guilty of sex trafficking, tried sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, required labor conspiracy, wire scams conspiracy, racketeering and racketeering conspiracy for administering over a trafficking ring in which women were hired as “slaves” by other female members, or “masters,” and controlled into making love with the NXIVM co-founder.
And today, in procedures postponed several times, consisting of previously this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison for his crimes.
Raniere has actually insisted he’s innocent, informing Dateline previously this month in his first interview from jail that he was sorry for the hurt people had actually suffered, however that he had actually been the victim of an unreasonable trial.
“I apologize for my participation in all of this—this pain and suffering,” he stated. “I’ve clearly participated. I’ve been the leader of the community. And it has come to this. Even if it is by oppression, I am absolutely sorry and pained. This is a horrible situation.”
He continued, “This is a horrible tragedy with many, many people being hurt. There is a horrible injustice here. And whether you think I’m the devil or not, the justice process has to be examined.”
On Friday, the judge rejected his latest demand for a new trial.
Earlier last year, 5 women, consisting of Smallville starlet Allison Mack, pleaded guilty to lower charges, leaving Raniere as the just one who went to trial following a months-long federal examination into NXIVM and DOS—– a secret sorority that consisted of 15 to 20 women hired mainly to be sex partners for Raniere, a dedication (for the women) that consisted of an event in which they were branded with a sign including Raniere and Mack’s initials.
DOS was stated to be an acronym for the Latin “Dominus Obsequious Sororium,” which supposedly approximately equates into “Master of the Obedient Female Companions.”
Inside the Frightening NXIVM Secret Female-Only Society ‘DOS’
“Over the last seven weeks, this trial has revealed that Raniere, who portrayed himself as a savant and a genius, was in fact, a master manipulator, a con man and the crime boss of a cult-like organization involved in sex trafficking, child pornography, extortion, compelled abortions, branding, degradation and humiliation,” stated Richard P. Donoghue, U.S. Lawyer for the Eastern District of New york city, soon after the decision was handed down.
“His crimes, and the crimes of his co-conspirators, ruined marriages, careers, fortunes and lives. The evidence proved that Raniere was truly a modern-day Svengali.”
Neither Raniere nor Mack ended up taking the stand, however several women did—– some recognized just by their first names—–to affirm to the abuses committed by Raniere and those he got to bring out his sordid vision.
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In a movement to have the charges dismissed that was submitted in December 2018, Raniere’s legal team argued that NXIVM was a “wonderful humanitarian organization” whose members have “sought to end the violence in Mexico, have introduced tools useful to people with difficult conditions, such as Tourette’s syndrome, have pioneered multi-linguistic schools for young children, who would become proficient in multiple languages and later multi-cultural adults, and have developed approaches to help people lead happier, more productive, more enriched lives.”
A gated rental property in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, was where FBI representatives had actually tracked Raniere down to arrest him that March, following a months-long examination into the claims raised against him and NXIVM.
Prosecutors declared, on the other hand, that NXIVM—– a supposed self-help organization based in Albany, N.Y., that because its facility in the late 1990s had attracted more than 16,000 people, consisting of stars and business leaders, to its Executive Success Programs and other workshops—– was a pyramid plan in which participants might just move up the ladder by paying more and recruitingmore people To even get the chance to satisfy Raniere, participants normally had to complete a 16-day course that cost $7,500.
Mack, who as soon as called Raniere “a wonderful teacher and mentor” was also initially charged with sex trafficking prior to pleading guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy.
One former DOS member, Nicole, affirmed that she was purchased to address Mack as “Madame Mack,” and was asked to sign a waiver launching NXIVM from liability in the case of events such as “disfigurement” or “physical and psychological injuries.” However Nicole didn’t want to sign and, ultimately, Mack appeared to forget it.
Another lady, Sylvie, affirmed that she signed comparable documents.
A 3rd lady, Jay, affirmed that Mack would also refer to DOS as “The Agency,” since “her slaves were all actresses and models and were beautiful, so it was as if she was running an agency.”
By the way, several women affirmed that Raniere had impotence problems.
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Nicole stated in court that she was first drawn to NXIVM’s self-help program as a hopeful starlet looking to jump-start her profession after moving to New York City in 2014. An ex-boyfriend had actually informed her about all the abundant and well-known people, consisting of a number of stars, associated with the organization.
From the start, Nicole stated, she believed that the general fawning over Raniere—– his yearly birthday celebration was “V-Week,” referring to his label “Vanguard”—– was odd. After a week-long program, she was advised by her ex and Mack to sign up for more classes. She ended up mentor classes to supplement her earnings. When she informed Mack that she was anxious she was making the wrong options, Mack informed her about a society within NXIVM for women called “The Vow,” Nicole remembered.
The Vow was DOS.
“[Mack] said that she couldn’t let me out no matter how hard I cried because it would show me that if I cried hard enough, I could get out of anything,” Nicole affirmed. She ended up staying in DOS for over ayear When she lastly got Raniere’s attention after sending him several e-mails (at Mack’s command, she stated), Nicole stated that Raniere took her to a cabin in the woods one day where he blindfolded her, had her lie on a table, connected her to the table, and had another lady perform foreplay on her. Nicole stated she didn’t recognize another individual was in the space till it was occurring and Raniere began talking at the very same time.
Prosecutors stated the whole encounter was videotaped.
Nicole stated she lastly liberated herself from NXIVM in 2017. She never ever got her security back. “Once I’d gotten enough separation, there’s not been one moment that I am not grateful that I am no longer in that situation,” she stated on the stand.
The defense didn’t call any witnesses throughout the trial. Raniere’s lawyer Marc Agnifilo informed the jury, “You may find him repulsive, disgusting and offensive. We don’t convict people in this country for being repulsive or offensive. Unpopular ideas aren’t criminal. Disgusting ideas aren’t criminal.”
Up Until his arrest, Raniere had actually been running NXIVM for years in plain sight, promoting his programs as key stepping stones for people who wanted to harness their best selves and recognize their true capacity. Here’s a guide of some of the key players and the functions they played in creating—–and unraveling—– this twisted web:
Following sentencing, FBI Assistant Director-in- Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. stated in a declaration, “Raniere’s reign of control over the women he scarred, both physically and mentally, is the making of ahorror story It is impossible to believe of the sexual exploitation, abuse, privacy, and mind control his victims suffered—– at his direction.
” Today the judge has actually provided him 120 years to think of whether the abuse he caused on others for more than a years, and the distress he brought to their households, was worth it in the end.
( Initially released April 27, 2019, at 3 a.m. PT)