Dhe American sect leader Keith Raniere, who had women as sex slaves and had their initials burned into their skin, is expected to spend several decades in jail. After nearly seven weeks in federal court in Brooklyn, the jury pleaded guilty to the fifty-eight-year-old on Wednesday.
The founder of the sect Nxivm, a supposed self-help movement for executives, had repeatedly raped female members and forced them to abortions. In order to suppress revelations, he had the women take photos of their genitals, which he kept as a means of pressure. As the abuse charges against Raniere grew louder in 2017, he relocated to Mexico. He was arrested there in the spring of 2018 and extradited to the United States.
The sect founded in the nineties attracted celebrities again and again. Ranieres followers included actresses such as Allison Mack ("Smallville"), Grace Park ("Battlestar Galactica") and Linda Evans ("Dynasty") and the heirs of the former alcoholic empire Seagram, Clare and Sara Bronfman. As some members recruited more sex slaves, the prosecutor also filed charges against them. According to testimonies about Nxivm the accomplices of the sect leader can hope for comparatively mild punishments. Raniere himself faces imprisonment on 25 September for imprisonment.
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