NXIVM leader Keith Raniere’s lawyers defend him in court documents claiming he didn’t need the cult to have sex because ‘many women were already interested in him’
- In an 86-page note last week, Raniere’s lawyers defended him, saying he still considers himself innocent
- They say he started NXIVM to help the world and that women went to bed with him voluntarily
- Raniere also claims he helped save people in Mexico from gangs and kidnappings
- Prosecutors want him to spend the rest of his life in prison
- His lawyers asked in their memorandum if the judge would sentence him to 15 years
Cult leader Keith Raniere before he was taken into custody. He is awaiting conviction for, among other things, allegations of sex trafficking
Lawyers for NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere have claimed in court documents that he did not need to enslave women to have sex, because “ many ” were already interested in him.
Raniere is awaiting conviction for, among other things, sex trafficking in children, conspiracy and conspiracy to commit forced labor. He led the NXIVM sex cult and seduced a collection of women, including some famous actresses and heirs, which he branded and manipulated.
He maintains his innocence, saying in his court reports last week that he was behind everything he has ever done that he believes helps people achieve ‘happiness’.
Another of his attorneys’ comments in their 86-page note is that he didn’t have to recruit or manipulate women for sex because he single-handedly attracted so many other women.
Raniere had intimate relationships with six of the eight first-line DOS members, many of them for years.
As his personal history thus far made clear, there were many women who took an interest in Raniere in various ways, including because they wanted to enter into an intimate relationship.
“He certainly didn’t need DOS to have sex partners,” they said, using the alternative name for the cult.
They also argue that it’s not true that women were branded against their will and that they “ absolutely ” knew they were going to wave and wanted to be.
He remains proud to have played a role in helping people achieve greater happiness and a better life.
NXIVM cult victims were brandished with this symbol. Raniere said those who got it did so of their own accord
Among the women involved was actress Allison Mack
He remains proud to have played a role in helping citizens and residents of Mexico bring peace to a country ravaged by violent gangs, kidnappings and murders, a struggle that continues to this day and which will continue in the future.
He also remains proud that he and others have helped people with Tourette syndrome minimize or eliminate the symptoms of this difficult condition.
Simply put, he remains proud of his life’s work.
“He also remains determined to challenge this case, which he considers a terrible injustice and, respectfully, an insult to what should be one of the great legal systems that ever exist,” his lawyers wrote.
Raniere’s lawyers demand that he be sentenced to 15 years behind bars.
Prosecutors want to see him in prison for life and say it is worrying that he still has not shown any remorse for his actions.