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Rikers Island 3 hours ago. Raniere left the United States late last year after The New York Times reported the stories of some women who defected from their secret sorority and the government began interviewing potential witnesses.
Back to Article. Several women who belong to the group in Mexico have traveled to Albany, where they were branded, two former Nxivm members told the Times. According to the complaint, Raniere - known within the group as "Vanguard" - oversaw a barbaric system in which women were told the best way to advance was to become a "slave" overseen by "masters.
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The complaint said that many victims participated in videotaped ceremonies where they were branded in their pelvic area with a symbol featuring Raniere's initials. Search for:.
He was to appear in court on Tuesday in Fort Worth on the charges filed by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn. The name of Raniere's attorney wasn't immediately available on Monday.
As punishment for not following orders, women were forced to attend classes where they were "forced to wear fake cow udders over their breasts while people called them derogatory names," or threatened with being put in cages, court papers say.
Keith Raniere, co-founder of the group called Nxivm, was arrested in Mexico and returned to Texas Monday, authorities said. Investigators said Raniere preferred exceptionally thin women, so "slaves" had to stick to very low-calorie diets and document every food they ate.
New York. In a letter attributed to Raniere ly posted on a website related to Nxivm, he denied the practices were sanctioned by the self-described self-help group. Raniere and Nxivm have been the subject of criticism for years, dating back to at least when the Times Union of Albany published a series of articles examining the organization and allegations that it was like a cult.
Over the years, Nxivm has attracted a following that includes Emmy Award-winning actress Allison Mack. Authorities also say Raniere has been bankrolled by Clare Bronfman, an heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune.
He sought to cover this trail by using encrypted and ditching his phone, court papers say.
Women held as sex slaves, drugged and tattooed as being 'property', queensland police say
The leader of a secretive group in upstate New York turned female followers into brainwashed "slaves" who were branded with his initials and coerced into having sex, authorities alleged on Monday in a criminal complaint charging him with sex-trafficking. New Jersey 2 hours ago.
Nxivm's Mexican affiliate is headed by Emiliano Salinas, a son of that country's former president. After authorities took him into custody on a U. The website related to the group describes Raniere as a "scientist, mathematician, philosopher, entrepreneur, educator, inventor and author" who has "devoted his life to studying the human psychodynamic and developing new tools for human empowerment, expression and ethics.