Keith Raniere, a self-improvement expert whose organisation NXIVM who attracted several millionaires and successful actors, was sentenced to 120 years in prison on Tuesday, on the grounds of conviction that he had forced some female followers into sex slaves, branded with his initials. His lengthy term was announced by Judge Nicholas Garaufus after hearing the speech of the victims. The court heard how Raniere had blackmailed his cult-like gang, where men were also emotionally controlled and the women he had chosen as his favourites were brutally starved, branded, and were forced to have sex with him.
Charges Against The Cult God
Keith had been charged with sex trafficking and other crimes. At the hearing of the sentence in Brooklyn, 15 ex-employees of NXIVM spoke out against the 60-year-old and how his actions had scarred them for life. He was also fined $1.75M. Judge Garaufis had called him “ruthless and unyielding” in crimes that were “particularly egregious” as he specifically targeted young girls and women. The first victim to give a statement was a woman named Camila, who said she was sexually abused by Keith ever since she was 15 and said that Raniere had forced her to see her first sexual abuse encounter as the date of their anniversary and a 12-year relationship had followed, resulting in repeated sexual abuses that she had to undergo and even took pictures of her naked and did a lot of actions without her consent. She also told the hearing that she had once attempted suicide and had an abortion “ordered by him.” “He has damaged me in so many ways”, she reportedly said.
Keith’s Sickly Crimes and Actions
Prosecutors also claimed that he had confined several other teen girls to his rooms for a duration of almost 7 years. They had also sentenced Clare Bronfman, 41, an heiress to Seagram liquor fortune to 7 years prison for her equally disgusting role in this co called cult group. NXIVM had used her wealth to wash their hands off of their crimes. Prosecutors also criticised him for not showing the slightest signs of remorse as he tried to initiate a podcast to plead guilty and to amplify his claims of innocence. He claims that he is not remorseful of the crimes that he “believes is sure that he did not commit at all.” Prosecutors had demanded for life imprisonment while defines lawyers had requested that he face no more than 15 years in prison.