Keith Raniere, the leader of the alleged sex cult NXIVM, gave an interview broadcast on NBC Nightly News avec Lester Holt tonight and will also be featured on the network Dateline.
In the interview, Raniere denies his convictions for sex trafficking, racketeering and possession of child pornography. Raniere said he was the victim of unethical lawsuits during the interview. He requested a new trial, but was refused by a judge on Friday. He will be sentenced on Tuesday and faces life imprisonment.
NVXIM activities captured by documentary series The wish, which returns in 2021 for a second season on HBO. Directors and executive producers Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, to continue the story of the NXIVM cult and its leaders.
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Raniere admitted to NBC interviewer Frank Parlato and NBC Dateline that he was the head of NXIVM, which allegedly kept the women as sex prisoners. Parlato had been a spokesman for the group, eventually outlining his practices. Parlato faces his own charges over tax variances and other issues. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Raniere said federal prosecutors “scared off witnesses” who could have helped his defense.
“It’s a horrific tragedy with so many people injured,” Reniere said. “There is a horrible injustice here. And whether you think I’m the devil or not, the legal process needs to be looked at.
Along the way, Raniere and NXIVM trapped several personalities, including Smallville star Allison Mack, President Nancy Salzman, daughter Lauren Salzman, accountant Kathy Russell and Seagram Liquor heiress Claire Bronfman. All of them pleaded guilty to various charges.