Leader of NXIVM sex cult, sentenced to 120 years in prison

(NY DAILY NEWS) – Keith Raniere, the pedophile leader of the creepy, woman-branding sex cult within his controversial self-help organization NXIVM, was sentenced to 120 years in prison Tuesday.

The sentence, handed down as the diminutive Raniere stood stoically in Brooklyn Federal Court, came at the end of a rambling speech in which he apologized yet proclaimed his innocence.

“I do believe strongly I’m innocent of the charges,” he said, turning to face his victims.

Raniere called some of the victims in his case “liars” and “not factual,” while still apologizing for the hurt he caused.

Michelle Hatchette, center, speaks to the press with Nicki Clyne, second from left, and Linda Chung, second from right, outside Brooklyn federal court following the sentencing hearing for self-improvement guru Keith Raniere, Tuesday, Oct. 27, in New York.
Michelle Hatchette, center, speaks to the press with Nicki Clyne, second from left, and Linda Chung, second from right, outside Brooklyn federal court following the sentencing hearing for self-improvement guru Keith Raniere, Tuesday, Oct. 27, in New York. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

“The hurt is true. The anger is true,” he said. “I am deeply sorry. I did not mean to cause this pain, cause this anger.”

Once he was finished, Judge Nicholas Garaufis gave him a cumulative sentence of 120 years, calling Raniere’s crimes “cruel, perverse and extremely serious.” NU — He also imposed a $1.75 million dollar fine on Raniere. — END NU

“Yes!” one victim whispered when the sentencing was announced.

Former members of NXVIUM Linda Chung (2L), Nicki Clyne (2R) and Michelle Hatchette (R) leave the the New York court after Rainiere was sentenced to 120 years in prison on October 27.
Former members of NXVIUM Linda Chung (2L), Nicki Clyne (2R) and Michelle Hatchette (R) leave the the New York court after Rainiere was sentenced to 120 years in prison on October 27. (KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

Earlier Tuesday, 15 of Raniere’s victims, mostly women, detailed the sexual and psychological abuses he committed over decades, including rape, pedophilia, and false imprisonment. Four members of a single family he ravaged spoke out against him.

“I was a child,” said victim Camila, who was raped by Raniere starting when she was a teen in 2005. “I was 15, he was 45.”

“He used my innocence to do whatever he wanted with me. He was calculated and methodical … He punished me emotionally, psychologically and sexually” she said.

Camila’s older sister, Daniela, who also had an abusive sexual relationship with Raniere, lashed out at her tormentor.

“He showed me no mercy. He showed my little sister no mercy. He deserves no mercy,” Daniela said.

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