The leader of the NXIVM sex cult, Keith Raniere (60), says in a new interview that he is innocent and says he is the victim of an “unethical process”.
He writes the deadline. In an interview with NBC Nightly News, Raniere denies being behind the sex trade, possession of abusive material and extortion.
– This is a terrible tragedy with many, many injured people. There is a terrible injustice here. Whether you think I’m the devil or not, judgment must be investigated, he says in the interview.
In 2019, he was convicted and found guilty of turning his followers into sex slaves.
He asked for a retrial, but was rejected by a judge on Friday. Raniere has not yet received the sentence, but will appear in court on Tuesday where he risks his life, according to the Deadline.
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– I’m so sorry
He also says “he is sorry and is suffering” for his role in the controversial self-help organization.
– I am sorry to have participated in all this, this pain and suffering, he said and added:
– I obviously participated. I was the leader of the community. And it got to this point. Although it is oppression, I am sad and hurt. This is a terrible situation.
The “Smallville” actor admits to cheating women into sex worship
The self-help organization NXIVM, based in Albany, New York, was founded in 1998 by Raniere.
The New York Times has been working for a long time to find out what’s going on behind the organization’s closed doors.
The newspaper reportedly revealed how NXIVM uses bizarre and violent methods to insure members, all women between the ages of 30 and 40. HBO also made a series of documentaries about the group.
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Smallville actress recruited women
Celebrities like Allison Mack (38) and India Oxenberg (29) were among the members of the controversial self-help organization.
Mack, who in “Smallville” played the role of Chloe Sullivan, is known as Raniere’s right-hand man.
She later pleaded guilty to manipulating young women into becoming sex slaves. Raniere and Mack are still waiting for the penalty.
Raniere is arrested while Mack is released on bail and handcuffed to his parents’ house. The sentence for which the two were sentenced is 15 years to life.
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Convicted billionaire heir
Billionaire heiress Clare Bronfman (41) was sentenced in September to more than six years in prison for her role in the organization.
She is the daughter of the late Edgar Bronfman, the king of liquor behind the Canadian company Seagram, and will be worth several billion crowns.
Last year, she pleaded guilty to criminal acts.
The 41-year-old knight, previously known, admitted to being guilty of two counts – credit card fraud, in addition to housing an illegal immigrant.
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