NXIVM leader Keith Ranier is reporting his innocence.
The 60-year-old spoke for the first time since his arrest in an interview with NBC’s “Dateline” that aired for the first time on Friday. The disgraced guru of the self-improvement organization in upstream New York was convicted last year of sexual trafficking, labor intrigue and intimidation.
“One of the most important things in our country is the justice system,” Raniere said. “And though, you know, people can and do hate me, and I think I’m a type of character – you know, terrible, really – being able to get the same treatment to both the devil and the saint Under our justice system. ”
Ranier spoke to web journalist and former spokesperson of NXIVM, Frank Parlato. According to the outlet, Parlato pleaded not guilty to charges arising from his involvement with NXIVM.
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In the HBO documentaries “The Wave”, it was revealed that Parletto broke the story that a group within NXIVM was treating women as sex slaves and branding them with Ranier’s inaugurators
Asked if he intended to make a statement of his innocence at the October 27 sentence, Ranierre replied, “Yes, I am innocent.”
“And although it is – it’s a terrible tragedy, with many, many people being hurt, I think its main thrust has been persecution,” he continued. But actually there is a different issue, which is difficult for me. Express – There is a terrible injustice here. And whether you think I am a devil or not, the justice process will have to be investigated. ”
Nevertheless, Ranierre admitted that she “clearly participated” in behavior that hurt people in the past.
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“I apologized for my involvement in this pain and suffering,” he told the outlet. “I have obviously participated. I have been the leader of the community. ”
Ranier faced life in prison after being sentenced on Tuesday. A judge will also consider impact statements of more than 100 victims.
Prosecutors told the gamblers that Raniere’s organization acted like a cult, which won her the devotion to many women, including TV’s “Smallville” actress Allison Mack, as well as Claire Bronfman, who is Seagram’s Liquors were the successors of fortune.
Prosecutors also revealed that Raniere had formed a secret subgroup, made up of a mind-boggling female “slave” who was paired with her initials and forced to have sex with her.
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The testimony revealed that the queen used women known as “masters” to solicit nude photographs and other embarrassing secrets from “slaves”. They claimed that the material would have been made public if they did not follow orders to have sex with them.
The branding was part of an initiation ceremony at NXIVM’s master-slave sorority, also known as DOS, the People’s Journal reported.
Raniere and 38-year-old Mac were arrested in 2018. The fallen leader was convicted of seven counts, including sexual trafficking, intimidation and child pornography.
Mack pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and conspiracy. In 2019, she told the judge, “I lost.” She is still awaiting punishment.
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In September, Bronfman, 41, was sentenced to 81 months in prison and promptly thrown behind bars.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.