The picture above is a still from an old interview conducted between NXIVM founder and sex cult leader Keith Raniere and his former #1 student/recruiter/branding iron holder Allison Mack. After today, the only interviews he’ll be giving will be through two-way glass, because a Brooklyn jury just found Keith guilty of everything.
The New York Post reports that after a seven-week trial, jurors in a federal court in Brooklyn reached a verdict today after less than five hours of deliberation. Keith was found guilty of the following: racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and attempted sex trafficking.
CNN says that Keith maintained he was innocent of all charges throughout his trial, and claimed any sex was consensual. One such “consensual” encounter was allegedly with a 15-year-old girl prior to forming the sex cult arm of NXIVM, called Dominant Over Submissive, or DOS (also sometimes called “The Vow“). That’s the part where the women, like Catherine Oxenberg’s daughter India, were branded with Keith’s initials on their bikini line and starved down until Keith found them skinny enough to have sex with. Catherine was in court today, and reportedly “sobbed” throughout the entire day’s proceedings. But she pulled it together for a press conference afterwards, and she’s “so damn grateful” about the verdict.
Actress Catherine Oxenberg, mother of former NXIVM member India Oxenberg, spoke with the press after Keith Raniere's guilty verdict — the former NXIVM leader. Beside Catherine is her friend Toni Natalie, who dated Raniere. Both women thanked the jury and media for hard work. pic.twitter.com/eCFFUM0h4v
— Spectrum News Albany (@SPECNewsAlbany) June 19, 2019
Catherine’s friend (and Keith’s former girlfriend) Toni Natalie was asked about her shirt, and she says she wore her “jail” shirt to show Keith that he’d be looking at bars for the rest of his life. Aside form this verdict, Toni might be the only good thing to come out of all this.
The Post points out that the racketeering charge alone could put him away for life. Keith was found guilty of racketeering, as NXIVM was basically a sex cult disguised as a pyramid scheme disguised as a self-help group. Keith will be sentenced on September 25th, 2019. Prosecutor Richard Donoghue gave a statement regarding the guilty verdict today, and he’s happy with the outcome.
“Over the last seven weeks, this trial has revealed that Raniere, who portrayed himself as a savant and a genius, was in fact a massive manipulator, a con man and the crime boss of a cult-like organization involving sex trafficking, child pornography, extortion compelled abortions, branding, degradation and humiliation. The evidence proved that Raniere was truly a modern-day Svengali.”
He might have acted a charismatic Svengali while operating NXIVM, but during today’s verdict, it sounds like he was acting like a straight-up psychopath. The Post says that Keith showed no emotion, and mumbled under his breath when the verdict was read. He also refused to shake his attorney’s hand before being led out of the courtroom in handcuffs, and based on this court room sketch, it would appear he spent some time either super-bored, or sleeping.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 19, 2019
Based on Keith’s face, I’d say Gary Cole is a shoo-in to play Keith in that NXIVM TV series. He might want to call up an acting coach, because it’s going to take months of training to be able to convincingly portray that much of a empathy-bankrupt asshole in a shitty v-neck sweater.