Law & Crime reports:
The leader of a New York-based sex cult called NXIVM (nex-ee-um), which branded itself as a self-help group for elites, was sentenced in the Eastern District of New York on Tuesday to life in prison.
Through his defense lawyers, Keith Raniere, 60, maintained until the end that he is not sorry for his conduct because he will one day show that he is not a sex-trafficker, abuser of women, possessor of child pornography, racketeer, extortionist, identity thief or obstructionist.
The NXIVM founder—known as “Vanguard,” “Master,” and “Grandmaster“—was found guilty in June 2019 on all criminal charges against him. Raniere and elite co-defendants like Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman (a NXIVM bankroller) or Smallville actress Allison Mack (a top recruiter) are all being punished for their roles in the conspiracy.
Breaking News: Keith Raniere, the Nxivm cult leader, was sentenced to life in prison after his victims gave wrenching testimony about how he sexually abused them. https://t.co/mYjDFdF2Ra
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 27, 2020
BREAKING: Keith Raniere, the founder of a sex cult that operated under the guise of the self-help group NXIVM, has been sentenced to 120 years in prison https://t.co/XGZFW3f6Px
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) October 27, 2020
Keith Raniere, who ran the cult-like NXIVM group that kept women as virtual sex prisoners, has been sentenced to 120 years behind bars Tuesday. https://t.co/p1x9qZWOLE
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) October 27, 2020