According to The Hollywood Reporter, leader of former NXVIM cult, Keith Raniere was as of Oct. 27th sentenced to 120 years in prison.
The self-styled 60-year-old self-help guru, used his fabricated persona as a front for his cult which was engaged in sex trafficking. He was found guilty of various charges ranging from wire fraud to sex trafficking. 15 of the victims of the cult had read statements to the court that involved onlookers, Raniere supporters from NXIVM and Raniere himself.
The cult, NXIVM was created in 1998 by Raniere and outwardly appeared and functioned as an MLM pyramid scheme that was built around questionable self-improvement and personal development products. This heavily deceptive pyramid scheme cult included a sub group named DOS and was comprised of women that were directly controlled by Raniere. The women being controlled were not only forced to follow restrictive diets, but they were also branded with Raniere’s initials and were trafficked. Rich/Famous Hollywood actors & their children were also involved as members of the cult.
The NXIVM cult was only labeled as such in the 2000’s, but the lable was confirmed following Sarah Edmondson, a Canadian actress revealed her experiences with DOS to the public. The result was that various news companies conducted thorough investigations into the cult trying to find out whatever they could. It took till 2018 for Raniere to be arrested and he was convicted in June of this 2020.
Earlier this month the cult leader interviewed with Dateline and had this to say: “You know, one of the things that’s most important in our country is the justice system,” Raniere said. “I am innocent. And although it is, this is a horrible tragedy with many, many people being hurt, I think the main thrust of this has been the oppression but really a different issue, which is hard for me to express. There is a horrible injustice here. And whether you think I’m the devil or not, the justice process has to be examined.”
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