THE personality of a ill cult has currently been found guilty of forcing his supporters into apropos sex slaves and branding them with his initials.
Keith Raniere, 58, faces life in jail after being convicted of using a Nxivm classification where women were carnivorous and forced into orgies.
He was found guilty of sex trafficking, forced work conspiracy, racketeering, handle rascal conspiracy, possession of child publishing and other crimes.
A jury in sovereign justice in Brooklyn took reduction than 5 hours to find Raniere guilty on all counts, call ex-Nxivm members to detonate into applause.
Dynasty singer Catherine Oxenberg, whose daughter India was branded after being lured into a group, hailed a verdict.
“F*** him. He’s done. F***ing a**hole,” Oxenberg conspicuous outward court.
“This was a really frightening group.
“I had to save a child who was held in a grips of this cult, so we wasn’t going to stop until we succeeded.”
Raniere, 58, once had an general following with a foothold in Hollywood with a dangerous cult, that masqueraded as a self-help group.
His supporters enclosed Smallville singer Allison Mack who allegedly rose by a ranks to spin a “master” to other slaves.
Seagram’s wine happening heiress Clare Bronfman was also charged and supposed a defence understanding in propinquity to her purpose in a cult.
“Raniere was truly a modern-day Svengali,” Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue conspicuous outward court.
He called a cult personality a fibbing pimp who “ruined marriages, careers, fortunes and lives.”
CULT LEADER PLANS TO APPEAL
Raniere showed no greeting as he schooled a verdict.
His lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, conspicuous Raniere skeleton to appeal.
“Keith maintains his innocence. It’s a really unhappy day for him,” Agnifilo said. “I consider he’s not surprised, though he maintains that he didn’t meant to do anything wrong.”
The justice listened how he founded Nxivm, a supposed self-improvement classification formed in upstate New York.
Prosecutors conspicuous that he combined a tip sorority within Nxivm called DOS in that womanlike “slaves” incited over compromising materials, such as bare photos, that could be used for blackmail.
They were told that a element would be expelled if they disobeyed orders or attempted to leave, according to a former member and other witnesses.
DOS was sole to recruits as an all-female organization, when in fact it was tranquil by Raniere, according to former members who testified during a trial.
‘GRANDMASTER’ OF SEX SLAVES
Raniere was a “grandmaster” of an middle round of slaves, who in spin recruited slaves of their own.
Some of those recruits were coerced into carrying sex with Raniere, and some were branded with his initials, according to former members.
“The hearing has suggested that Raniere, who portrayed himself as a theorist and a genius, was in fact a master manipulator, a criminal male and a crime trainer of a cult-like classification involving sex trafficking, child pornography, extortion, compelled abortion, branding, plunge and humiliation,” Mr Donoghue said.
Prosecutors also conspicuous that, years before formulating DOS, Raniere began a passionate attribute with a 15-year-old girl.
The child publishing charges branch from pithy cinema he took of a girl, who went on to spin one of his middle round of DOS slaves.
CELEB SEX CULT
Agnifilo, had told jurors in his shutting arguments on Monday that no women were ever forced to do anything opposite their will.
Other members of Nxivm, that is conspicuous “nexium,” were charged alongside Raniere, and have all pleaded guilty.
They embody Nxivm boss Nancy Salzman, her daughter, Lauren Salzman, who testified as a prosecution’s star witness, Mack and Bronfman.
The classification initial became famous for a “Executive Success Program” courses, that supposed to give students a ability to grasp their life goals by overcoming mental blocks.
Witnesses testified that leaders of a classification psychologically manipulated and abused a members and demanded sum obedience.
Among a some-more ban allegations opposite Raniere were that he had some women branded with his initials.
One of a victims, whose names were funded to strengthen her privacy, described being cramped to a bedroom for some-more than 700 days on orders from Raniere.
She described how this was a punishment for display seductiveness in another man.
Another explained how Raniere lured her to a home when she was blind-folded and firm to a list so that another lady could perform a sex act on her.
Raniere’s sentencing is set for Sep 25.