NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere ordered to pay victims $ 3.4 million – deadline
UPDATE, 19:39: A judge has ordered Keith Raniere to pay $ 3.4 million to 21 people who are victims of his NXIVM sex cult, according to a New York Times article.
A portion of the funds would be used to remove the marks of Raniere’s initials from the skin of the victims. Raniere is said to have attended today’s federal rendition hearing via video from Arizona federal prison where he is serving 120 years.
Raniere founded NXIVM alongside Nancy Salzman in 1998. While the organization for many years claimed to be a multi-level marketing company, this label ultimately denied much more sinister activity on the part of former Raniere. Small town actress Allison Mack and other members including sex trafficking, forced labor and racketeering.
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Raniere was convicted in June 2019 of charges of child sexual exploitation, sex trafficking conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and more.
His prison sentence was pronounced on October 27, 2020; Mack’s three-year prison sentence came more recently on June 30.
NXIVM has been the subject of a number of docuseries recently, including that of Starz Seduced: Inside Cult NXIVM and HBO The wish.
PREVIOUSLY, October 27: The leader of the sex sect “NXIVM” which included Small town Actress Allison Mack was sentenced Tuesday in Brooklyn to 120 years in federal prison. Keith Raniere, founder of the “self-help” program and the so-called pyramid scheme, was convicted in July 2019 of sex trafficking, racketeering and other crimes in a courtroom in the Eastern District.
Prosecutors have called for a life sentence for Raniere, and his lawyers have been arguing for 15 years. The Justice Department’s crazy details on the case are shown below.
The NXIVM affair – which unfolded like a scenario from its first mention by the authorities – has been the subject of two recent docuseries: The wish, which bowed Aug. 23 on HBO and was renewed for a second season, and Starz’s Seduced: inside the cult NXIVM, a quartet launched on October 18.
Raniere’s conviction comes nearly a month after Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman was sentenced to more than 6.5 years in prison and fined half a million dollars for her role in the sect NXIVM. Edgar Bronfman Jr.’s half-sister – who was the head of the Canadian beverage giant and owner of Universal Pictures Seagram’s when it was acquired by Vivendi in 2000 and became CEO of the new Vivendi Universal – had pleaded guilty in April 2019 on charges of conspiracy to conceal and harbor an illegal alien for the purposes of financial enrichment and fraudulent use of identity.
Mack pleaded guilty in April 2019 to charges of co-creating a program called The Source, which recruited actors. She had cited Scientology as a defense in her case.
Here are the details of the case the DOJ published last year:
According to court documents, over the past 20 years, Raniere has implemented a series of so-called self-help programs within his umbrella organization “Nxivm” (pronounced NEX-i-um). Nxivm is based in Albany, New York and has centers in the United States, Mexico, Canada and South America. Nxivm retains the characteristics of a pyramid scheme, as its courses cost thousands of dollars each and participants (“Nxians”) are encouraged to pay for additional courses and recruit others to take courses in order to climb the ranks. echelons of Nxivm. A number of Nxians were residing in the Eastern District of New York when they were recruited, and Nxivm held promotional recruiting events in Brooklyn. Mack is credited in publicly available documents with co-creating an Nxivm program, called The Source, which recruited actors.
As detailed in court records, in 2015 Raniere created a secret society within Nxivm called “DOS”, an acronym that means a Latin phrase that loosely translates to “Lord / Master of Obedient Companions” or “The Vow” . DOS operated with levels of female “slaves” headed by “masters”. Slaves were expected to recruit their own slaves (thus becoming masters themselves), who in turn were to serve not only their own masters but also the masters above them in the DOS pyramid. Raniere stood alone at the top of the pyramid. Apart from Raniere, all of the DOS members were women. Mack is one of the women on the first level of the pyramid just below Raniere.
Mack and other DOS masters recruited DOS slaves telling them they were joining a women-only organization that would empower them and eliminate the alleged weaknesses the Nxivm program taught were common among women. Mack and other DOS masters hid Raniere’s status at the top of the pyramid from new recruits.
As a prerequisite for joining the DOS, women were required to provide “guarantees”, which included highly damaging information about friends and family members, nude photographs and / or rights to the recruit’s property. DOS slaves were told that their collateral could be released for a number of reasons, including telling anyone about the existence of DOS or quitting DOS. Many DOS slaves were marked on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol that, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere’s initials. During the marking ceremonies, the slaves were to be completely naked and a master would order a slave to film the marking while the others held the marked slave.
According to court documents, Mack directly or implicitly demanded that his slaves, including Jane Does 1 and 2, as identified in the indictment, engage in sexual activity with Raniere. In return for this, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere. Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 believed that if they did not participate in these activities with Raniere, their guarantees would be released.