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NXIVM cult chief Keith Raniere’s bid for a brand new trial in his sex-trafficking case is denied

A federal choose on Friday denied NXIVM cult chief Keith Raniere’s bid for a brand new trial.  

A jury convicted Raniere in June final yr on all counts of sex-trafficking and coercing ladies into intercourse. Some plaintiffs declare they had been recruited as intercourse slaves and had been pressured to have Raniere’s initials branded on their our bodies.

He and his legal professionals filed a movement in March, arguing that two witnesses perjured themselves once they denied they had been planning to sue him after the trial. 

However Decide Nicholas Garaufis of Brooklyn federal courtroom dominated Friday that Raniere will not be entitled to a brand new trial as a result of he didn’t show that any of the testimony was truly false.  

Keith Raniere is not entitled to a new trial on the charges of sex trafficking and coercing women into sex he was convicted of last year, Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled Friday

Keith Raniere will not be entitled to a brand new trial on the fees of intercourse trafficking and coercing ladies into intercourse he was convicted of final yr, Decide Nicholas Garaufis dominated Friday

Prosecutors stated that because the chief of a cult-like group known as NXIVM, Raniere used blackmail and punishment to show his feminine victims into intercourse slaves.

Witnesses testified that Raniere’s ‘slaves’ had been pressured to supply nude pictures as ‘collateral’ to maintain them in line. 

Raniere was convicted in June 2019 of prices together with racketeering, wire fraud conspiracy, pressured labor conspiracy, and intercourse trafficking. He’s but to be sentenced. 

Raniere legal professional Marc Agnifilo argued in his movement for a brand new trial that two ladies recognized as Daniela and Nicole dedicated perjury once they testified that they didn’t plan a civil lawsuit towards Raniere. 

He contended that two had been among the many ‘Jane Doe’ plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit filed in January towards Raniere and 14 associates.

Lawyer Neil Glazer, who represents the 2 ladies, advised the New York Put up in March they didn’t initially intend to hitch the lawsuit however modified their minds after they noticed how a lot proof was revealed in the course of the trial. 

Keith Raniere is seen during closing arguments in a courtroom sketch. A jury convicted him in June on all counts of sex-trafficking and coercing women into sex

Keith Raniere is seen during closing arguments in a courtroom sketch. A jury convicted him in June on all counts of sex-trafficking and coercing women into sex

Keith Raniere is seen throughout closing arguments in a courtroom sketch. A jury convicted him in June on all counts of sex-trafficking and coercing ladies into intercourse

‘Assuming for current functions that Daniela and Nicole are, in actual fact, among the many Jane Doe plaintiffs in that motion (which seems to be the case), this hardly proves that both of them had decided to hitch that motion once they testified at trial greater than six months earlier than it was filed,’ the choose wrote.

An e-mail looking for remark was despatched to Agnifilo. 

Raniere ran a once-thriving group based mostly in Albany, New York, known as NXIVM, pronounced NEHK-see-uhm. Raniere was accused of turning his feminine devotees into his intercourse slaves via disgrace, punishment and nude blackmail pictures.

He was arrested at a Mexican hideout in 2018 following an investigation into the group. 

His adherents included actress Allison Mack of TV’s ‘Smallville’; an heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune, Clare Bronfman; and a daughter of TV star Catherine Oxenberg of ‘Dynasty’ fame. 

The lawsuit filed in January claims that Raniere’s self-improvement group was additionally a pyramid scheme that swindled hundreds of thousands of {dollars} out of individuals. 

The federal lawsuit filed in Brooklyn accuses NXIVM founder Keith Raniere and his internal circle of working a corrupt group that duped victims into paying hundreds of {dollars} for lessons based mostly on false scientific claims.  

The previous members, lots of whom are solely recognized as Jane or John Does, declare NXIVM preyed on individuals who needed to raised themselves with the cult’s expensive self-improvement programs.

NXIVM marketed itself as a private enchancment {and professional} growth coaching program. 

The cult can also be accused of forcing victims to bear unlawful human experiments and falsely claiming they may treatment medical situations like Tourette’s syndrome and OCD.  

The members declare NXIVM used psychological therapies that weren’t scientific and that the strategies had been truly ‘pseudo-scientific hodgepodge’ that risked severe psychological harm and emotional misery.  

A minimum of 40 members of the cult had been a part of a ‘human fright experiment’ wherein electrodes had been used on their heads to measure brainwaves, in accordance with the lawsuit.  

The members believed they had been going to be watching Raniere communicate however had been truly proven graphic footage or 5 ladies being beheaded and dismembered in Mexico.

Many who participated within the programs had been left traumatized and broke, in accordance with the lawsuit. 

The lawsuit comes as Raniere and several other of his associates wait to be sentenced for prices associated to their involvement within the cult. Raniere faces life in jail. 

Amongst Raniere’s adherents had been co-founder Nancy Salzman, Smallville actress Allison Mack and Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman who had been all charged with racketeering. They pleaded responsible earlier than going through trial.  

Mack admitted serving to Raniere assemble his harem and accumulate ‘collateral’ whereas Bronfman confessed to committing monetary crimes for him.

Amongst these caught up within the group was a daughter of Dynasty TV star Catherine Oxenberg. Her daughter India left NXIVM after her mom publicly spoke out towards it. ‘This was a really horrifying group,’ Oxenberg stated after Raniere was convicted. 

‘I needed to save a toddler who was caught within the grips of this cult, so I wasn’t going to cease till I succeeded.’