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NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere is sentenced to 120 years in prison


NXIVM Leader Keith Raniere faces life in prison. He has not been seen since his arrest in 2018

NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison after a dramatic hearing confronting 15 of his victims.

Raniere, 60, faced the maximum sentence in prison after being sentenced to slave labor for child sex trafficking, conspiracy and conspiracy in June 2019.

His lawyers moved to be sentenced to 15 years.

After Judge Nicholas Garaufis informed the judge that he had "no remorse" for the crimes for "not committing" them, he passed the sentence, which means he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

His sentencing was postponed Tuesday because so many people showed up to attend.

Due to social distancing rules, fewer people are now allowed in courtrooms than before. More than an hour after Raniere's scheduled hearing time, court officials were trying to decide whether to open a second courtroom for the overabundance of media and victims who appeared in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Tuesday.

Eventually it started with a testimony from a woman who called herself Camila. Raniere moved her and her sister from Mexico to the United States in 2005. She called him a "monster".

15 women gave statements on Tuesday about the impact of the victims. Among them were former friends of Raniere and former victims.

They called him a "parasite" and a "psychological terrorist".

& # 39; I can still hear his voice in my head – it's still a daily struggle

& # 39; Camila & # 39; – Raniere's first victim, who says he raped her in 2005

& # 39; He kept me busy for so long. I find it hard to pronounce his name so I'll just refer to him as "he".

"I can still hear his voice in my head – it's still a daily struggle," said Camila.

She also told the court that she was 15 years old and he was 45 years old when he raped her. He denies it.

& # 39; He manipulated me for what he wanted.

“I became inaccessible to my parents, brother, and friends until I had no one to worry about. He knew the things that were most important to me and what I feared and used them against myself, ”she said

Raniere has been convicted of blackmail, extortion conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and attempted sex trafficking, but not rape.

He told me to keep it a secret and he asked me to sneak out of the house to meet me in a place where we would be isolated from everyone.

"He took naked pictures of me – the experience of being photographed sticks in my memory," she said.

She also told the court that he forced her to weigh less than 100 pounds and that he once got her to have an abortion.

India Oxenberg, daughter of dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg, also spoke. She said Raniere treated her like his "human science experiment".

Actress India Oxenberg arrives at the Brooklyn Criminal Court on Tuesday ahead of Keith Raniere's sentencing

Actress India Oxenberg arrives at the Brooklyn Criminal Court on Tuesday ahead of Keith Raniere's sentencing

India Oxenberg makes a statement on the victim's impact at the sex trafficking and extortion hearing against NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere when Raniere sits in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday with attorney Marc Agnifilo

India Oxenberg issues an impact victim statement at the sex trafficking and extortion hearing against NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere when Raniere sits in federal court in Brooklyn with attorney Marc Agnifilo on Tuesday

India is shown outside the courtroom with the victim's impact statement

India is shown outside the courtroom with the victim's impact statement

India is shown outside the courtroom with the victim's impact statement

NXIVM supporter Nicki Clyne is one of those who stand by Raniere. She will be shown in the Brooklyn court on Tuesday, waiting for the trial to begin

NXIVM supporter Nicki Clyne is one of those who stand by Raniere. She will be shown in the Brooklyn court on Tuesday, waiting for the trial to begin

NXIVM supporter Nicki Clyne is one of those who stand by Raniere. She will be shown in the Brooklyn court on Tuesday, waiting for the trial to begin

She also told him, "You are a liar and a sadist because you take pleasure in seeing our skin burn. I may have to live the rest of my life with Keith Raniere's initials on my skin.

"I'll be Keith Raniere's victim for the rest of my life – but I don't have to act like one."

Raniere's ex-girlfriend Toni Natalie, with whom he dated in the 1990s, said he would have to be locked up for life "like they did with Charles Manson."

Raniere founded NXIVM in Albany, New York in 1998 and recruited more than 17,000 people between then and 2017 to promise them self-help.

But within the secret organization there was an even more secret subdivision of which he was the master.

Under the name of DOS, women were his sexual slaves and submitted entirely to his control.

You played a doctorate and I was your human science experiment

They were branded with his initials, starved, deprived of sleep and forced to engage in group sex, and blackmailed with "collateral" provided in the form of incriminating photos, videos or information about them or their families.

Raniere also punished young women, including a teenager who was held in a room for two years for showing a romantic interest in another man, according to prosecutors.

The cult included actresses Allison Mack, who is awaiting her own conviction in prison, and India Oxenberg, daughter of dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg, who escaped the cult and worked with the authorities to convict Raniere.

She previously shared how she was brainwashed for seven years into believing Raniere would help her.

“What I thought I was learning was self-help and personal growth. What I learned was the opposite. It was inhuman, ”she said in a recent interview.

India was among those expected to testify about the impact of the victims when Raniere was sentenced Tuesday morning.

She said she "pained" herself what to tell him when they faced each other.

The 29-year-old arrived at court wearing a mask.

Raniere himself claims he didn't do anything wrong and still enjoys the support of some loyal followers.

Fifty people wrote a letter to the judge asking for indulgence.

Nicki Clyne is one of those who stand by Raniere. She was seen outside the courtroom on Tuesday morning before the trial began.

Clyne is married to Smallville actress Allison Mack, but authorities say it is a fake marriage to help Canadian Clyne circumvent immigration laws.

Raniere branded the women who were part of DOS - a division of NXIVM - with his initials

Raniere branded the women who were part of DOS – a division of NXIVM – with his initials

Allison Mack has not yet been convicted

Clare Bronfman was sentenced to 81 months

Allison Mack (left) has yet to be sentenced. Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman (right) was sentenced to 81 months in prison

Mack and Oxenberg together at Mack's Brooklyn home in 2018. Oxenberg eventually worked with prosecutors to put Mack and leader Keith Raniere behind bars

Mack and Oxenberg together at Mack's Brooklyn home in 2018. Oxenberg eventually worked with prosecutors to put Mack and leader Keith Raniere behind bars

Raniere grew up in New York and tried his hand at marketing before starting self-help programs in the late 1990s

Raniere grew up in New York and tried his hand at marketing before starting self-help programs in the late 1990s

Raniere received a white sash from the Dalai Lama in Albany, New York, in 2009

Raniere received a white sash from the Dalai Lama in Albany, New York, in 2009

A court sketch by Raniere in June 2019 when he was convicted on seven charges, including child pornography and sex trafficking

A court sketch by Raniere in June 2019 when he was convicted on seven charges, including child pornography and sex trafficking

She claims that everyone involved in NXIVM consented to her participation.

In a video project with other followers called "Dossier Project," she said, "Hopefully everyone who sees this will see that we've all become ** women."

A timeline from NXIVM

1998: NXIVM is founded

Raniere founded Nxivm with Nancy Salzman, a psychiatric nurse. It was designed as a support group and is based in Albany, New York.

Executive Success Programs, Inc. was another name for the courses. Until then, Raniere had tried and failed several times to start his own company.

He had grown up in Suffern, New York, with divorced parents, one of whom worked in advertising.

After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York State in 1982, he dabbled in marketing before launching Nxivm.

By the time he started the organization, he was in a relationship with Toni Natalie, the woman who introduced him to Salzman. Natalie later recalled that Salzman was enthusiastic about Raniere, like many other women who met him.

In 2002, Bronfmans recruited

One of the turning points in the cult came in 2002 when Salzman and Raniere recruited members of the influential Bronfman family.

The Bronfmans come from the Seagram liquor empire and are heirs to billions.

According to his indictment, Raniere got Clare Bronfman to give him millions over the years.

Her sister Sara wasn't that enthusiastic. It was through the Bronfman Sisters that the first signs of trouble appeared in Nxivm.

In 2003, Clare told her father that she had loaned Nxivm $ 2 million. He grew suspicious and publicly accused Raniere of cultivating a Forbes article.

Over the next several years, they tried to legitimize themselves with healthy associations while showing Raniere the cult of sexual bondage behind closed doors.

In 2009, the Dalai Lama even performed with Raniere at an event in Albany, NY.

2011 – Allison Mack and India Oxenberg recruit

In 2011, actresses Allison Mack and India Oxenberg became the group's newest recruits.

Mack quickly rose through the ranks and got close to Raniere, who was referred to by cult members as the "avant-garde".

2015 – DOS is created

DOS was the name of the secret subdivision within the cult, in which women were branded with Raniere's initials and had to practice sexual bondage.

Oxenberg has shared in the past how she was enslaved to Mack. Part of the discipline training was controlling how many calories people ate.

She'd have to ask for permission when to eat, she has since revealed.

Raniere's indictment refers to DOS as a "pyramid".

& # 39; DOS functions as a pyramid with levels of "slaves" led by "masters". Slaves are expected to recruit their own slaves (and thus become masters themselves), who in turn are owed not only to their own masters, but also to the masters above them in the DOS pyramid.

As the highest master, Raniere alone forms the top of the pyramid. With the exception of Raniere, all DOS participants are women. Raniere's status as head of the pyramid was hidden from all newly hired slaves, except those directly under Raniere, ”it says.

2017 – Investigation opened after former members took the floor

The Justice Department began investigating Raniere in 2017 after some of its former members contacted him to share information about DOS.

He moved from Albany, NY to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

March 2018: Raniere is arrested at his villa in Mexico

April 2018: Allison Mack is arrested in Brooklyn

July 2018: Clare Bronfman arrested in New York City

April 2019: Bronfman and Mack both plead guilty. Bronfman has been convicted, but Mack has not yet been convicted

June 2019: Raniere is found guilty on all counts

October 2020: Raniere is convicted

Bronfman and Mack were arrested in April 2018, a month after Raniere was taken into custody in Mexico.

Both then bailed out in April 2019 and pleaded guilty to bringing blackmail charges in the context of plea agreements to reduce their sentences.

Bronfman was sentenced to 81 months in prison, but Mack has not yet been sentenced.

Raniere founded Nxivm with Nancy Salzman, a psychiatric nurse.

It was designed as a support group and is based in Albany, New York.

Executive Success Programs, Inc. was another name for the courses. Until then, Raniere had tried and failed several times to start his own company.

He had grown up in Suffern, New York, with divorced parents, one of whom worked in advertising.

After graduating from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York State in 1982, he dabbled in marketing before launching Nxivm.

By the time he started the organization, he was in a relationship with Toni Natalie, the woman who introduced him to Salzman.

Natalie later recalled that Salzman was enthusiastic about Raniere, like many other women who met him.

One of the turning points in the cult came in 2002 when Salzman and Raniere recruited members of the influential Bronfman family.

The Bronfmans come from the Seagram liquor empire and are heirs to billions.

According to his indictment, Raniere got Clare Bronfman to give him millions over the years.

Her sister Sara wasn't that enthusiastic. It was through the Bronfman Sisters that the first signs of trouble appeared in Nxivm.

In 2003, Clare told her father that she had loaned Nxivm $ 2 million. He grew suspicious and publicly accused Raniere of cultivating a Forbes article.

Over the next several years, they tried to legitimize themselves with healthy associations while showing Raniere the cult of sexual bondage behind closed doors.

In 2009, the Dalai Lama even performed with Raniere at an event in Albany, NY.

In 2011, actresses Allison Mack and India Oxenberg became the group's newest recruits.

Mack quickly rose through the ranks and got close to Raniere, who was referred to by cult members as the "avant-garde"

DOS was created in 2015. It stands for "Dominus Obsequious Sororium" – which in Latin means "master over female slaves".

It was a subdivision within the cult where women were branded with Ranieres initials and had to practice sexual servitude.

Oxenberg has shared in the past how she was enslaved to Mack.

Part of the discipline training was controlling how many calories people ate.

She'd have to ask for permission when to eat, she has since revealed.

Raniere's indictment refers to DOS as a "pyramid".

Almost all DOS recruits were "vulnerable".

Often times, when identifying potential slaves, the masters were directed against women who were currently having difficulties in their lives, including dissatisfaction with the pace of their progress in Nxivm.

"While a master avoids the words" master "and" slave "in the initial recruitment phase, he tells his future slave that the potential slave has the opportunity to join an organization that would change their life," Raniere's indictment reads .

The master then told the future slave that in order to learn more, she would have to provide "collateral" to ensure that the future slave kept what she wanted to learn secret.

"Collateral consisted of material or information that the potential slave did not want to divulge because it would be ruinous for the potential slave himself and / or for someone close to him."

Raniere was also accused of trafficking at least one young woman from Mexico.

Ms. Daniela had received a scholarship to a prestigious school in Switzerland, but she gave up to travel to the US and join NXIVM.

At Raniere's trial, she testified that he had locked her in a room for almost two years because she had shown romantic interest in another man.

She said he was controlling her after he illegally snuck her into the country from Canada.

“Sex meant access when it came to Keith … I was no doubt a prisoner from the moment I was illegal in the country.

"Over time, I realized that I couldn't walk," she said of his trial.

She said she first had sex with him on "dingy" sheets when she was 18, but her younger sister slept with him when she was only 16.

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