The head of the disputed NXIVM organization in New York was found guilty on Wednesday of turning his female followers into sex slaves.
The Brooklyn court spent less than five hours declaring Keith Raniere (57) guilty of all points associated with the so-called sex cult.
"It ruined marriage, career, life and fortune," said public prosecutor Richard Donoghue of ABC News.
He describes Raniere as a "liar manipulator."
Raniere should not have made any mines when the jury's decision was preached. His advocate, Marc Agnifilo, told the US media that his client is planning to appeal.
– He sticks to his innocence, so this is a sad day for him. I do not think he's surprised, but he still guarantees he did not mean to do anything wrong, says Agnifilo.
Raniere must wait until September 25 before receiving the sentence.
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The self-help group has been in the limelight for a long time, and last year it was clear that US authorities would sue Keith Raniere on charges of forced labor and human trafficking.
The NXIVM organization was accused of having brainwashed members, used them as sexual slaves, and forced them to self-name themselves.
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NXIVM, headquartered in Albany County, New York, was founded in 1998 by Raniere. He was not only the leader, but the only man associated with the network.
The New York Times has worked long enough to get to the bottom of what is happening behind the closed doors of the organization. The paper revealed how the NXIVM uses bizarre and violent methods to keep its members, all women in their 30s and 40s.
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While Raniere was arrested last spring, TV star Allison Mack (36) was also arrested. Until spring, "Smallville" – the actor refused to do anything illegal, but during an April hearing, Mack acknowledged guilt over manipulating young women to become sex slaves. She has been released from bail since her arrest.
Another famous member of the NXIVM is India Oxenberg, 26. She is the daughter of "Dynasty" actress Catherine Oxenberg, who played the role of Amanda Carrington in the popular series of the eighties.
Mack's colleague, "Smallville," Kristin Kreuk (35) was also associated with the group, but she left last year and took a long distance. She said she was ashamed to have engaged in an organization accused of sexual slavery.
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